The much-delayed Dharavi redevelopment project is finally gathering steam.
A few days after getting the green light from the chief minister, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) officials have started working out details of the project.
The development authority plans to float a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to revamp sector 5 of the slum and will also take the residents into confidence while working out the redevelopment plan.
In a meeting held on Tuesday, the officials decided on three main issues — creation of a SPV to undertake the project, a roadmap to implement it within a week, and appointing a consultant within a month.
Housing secretary Gautam Chatterjee, along with senior officials of both Mhada and Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DRP), attended the meeting.
“Mhada will be taking the project forward on a war footing,” said Satish Gawai, CEO, Mhada, and officer on special duty of the DRP.
On May 21, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan passed an order that allowed Mhada to redevelop Dharavi's sector 5, the 153-acre area adjoining Sion and Bandra-Kurla Complex. This would involve rehabilitating 9,300 families who will move to bigger houses and create an additional 5,000 low-cost houses.
It was also decided that in case of any cash crunch, agencies such as the World Bank or the Japan Bank for International Cooperation would be approached for help.
“One of the main advantages of this project is that we already have transit camps available in Dharavi and shifting residents will be no problem,” said a Mhada official.
The Dharavi Bachao Samiti welcomed the idea of planned development. “We want transparency in the planning since they are deciding the future of our homes and livelihood,” said Raju Korde, president of the samiti.