The Maharashtra government will request the civil aviation ministry to ease rules for the Dharavi revamp project.
At present, many locations in Dharavi fall in the funnel zone (aircraft take-off and landing path), as a result of which there are height restrictions. This is affecting the viability of the Dharavi redevelopment scheme.
According to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, though the final tender is ready, there are some issues that need to be addressed. “There are height restrictions, which are creating a viability problem. Though Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) could be given to the builders, viability still remains an issue,” said Fadnavis. He said various options were presented before him in the presentation given by the Dharavi Redevelopment Authority (DRA). “We will ask the civil aviation ministry whether they can ease restrictions for the project,” he said.
DRA has come up with a comprehensive plan, which includes floating global tenders and sets a time frame for the redevelopment of India’s largest slum. The plan includes global tenders for the four sectors that will be redeveloped, a seven-year deadline to rehabilitate all slum-dwellers, and issuing work orders within 90 days of tendering the bids.
However, the plan seems to have been kept on hold as the state government does not want any problems to crop up.
The Dharavi residents, meanwhile expressed disappointment with the turn of events. “What kind of planning has the DRP done from the past 11 years?” asked Baburao Mane, president, Dharavi Bachao Andolan. “We have not been able to undertake redevelopment from the last 11 years and Dharavi residents continue to languish in slums,” he said.