The state housing board will soon start redeveloping sector-5 of the Dharavi slums, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said on Wednesday.
But the state government is still undecided on how the other four sectors would be redeveloped. The state government had floated the Rs 15,000-crore Dharavi redevelopment project in 2004.
“The decision on whether we will redevelop the remaining sectors through Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) or incorporate the expressions of interests sent earlier or invite new tenders is impending,” Chavan said in response to a query raised in the state legislative council during the question hour.
MLC Subhash Chavan, who raised the issue in the council, asked the government why the Dharavi slums and BDD chawls redevelopment projects have been delayed. “We have heard that the government has decided to do the redevelopment themselves. Then why the delay to implement the scheme?” he questioned.
Chavan replied: “We studied the issue and found that the previous six expressions of interests did not giving us an appropriate cost, and would, in fact, benefit the builders. Mhada, which has proven to have a good track record in housing projects, will develop one sector.”
And while redeveloping the slums, the state will also take into consideration rehabilitating the many small-scale industries and cottage industries
that function there, Chavan added. On BDD chawls redevelopment, minister of state for housing, Sachin Ahir, said the proposal is yet to be finalised.
“But we are considering working out a tri-partite agreement between the landlord, tenant and state government while redeveloping these chawls,” he said.