Form panel to decide Dharavi residents’ eligibility: Fadnavis

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 30, 2016 00:54 IST
Fadnavis said that the appellate authority would hear grievances on the eligibility of slum dwellers for the redevelopment project. (HT Photo)

Faced with grievances from legislators over Dharavi redevelopment plan, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis called for setting up of an appellate authority.

He said in a meeting on Tuesday that the appellate authority would hear grievances on the eligibility of slum dwellers for the project.

Fadnavis said the authority could include legislators also if required along with officials.

Legislators across political parties were also assured that the commercial and business activities of the slum town from potteries to branded goods would be earmarked special spaces within the redevelopment plan and re-housed in commercial buildings.

Read: Dharavi revamp exposes great divide among residents

The big question that remains unanswered is whether potteries, recycling and leather units can function out of commercial towers, marked in every sector to house them.

Tuesday’s meeting was called by city legislators across parties and led by BJP city chief Ashish Shelar to discuss concerns raised by stakeholders and residents with the state government.

While 59,165 families and units have been found eligible for the redevelopment, Dharavi residents claim there are nearly 2 lakh tenements existing in the slum town.

The authorities have, however, claimed that the figure of ineligible tenants is very small.

“The appellate authority will be given powers to adjudicate after hearing the grievances of slum dwellers found to be ineligible for the redevelopment. This will ensure that there is greater transparency in the process,” said a senior bureaucrat present at the meeting.

The legislators were also ensured that every eligible tenant living in buildings and chawls would get at least 350-square feet tenement and 35 per cent additional space as per the floor space index (FSI).

Those living in houses up to 750 square feet would be given houses of the same size.

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