Things are looking up for the ambitious Bhendi Bazaar redevelopment project. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued an IOD (intimation of disapproval) certificate, for the first phase of the project. This is a major step, as it implies the submitted plan has been approved, subject to certain conditions, as specified by the BMC.
Now, the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT), which is implementing the project, has to meet all the conditions laid down in the IOD, and acquire the necessary no-objection certificates (NOCs) from various departments in order to apply for the commencement certificate (CC), which will allow it to begin actual construction activity.
Abbas Master, chief executive officer of SBUT, said the IOD is a major milestone for the project. “Things have started to move and now we have obtained this major approval for the project,” said Master. “The SBUT will speed up the process to obtain the CC, to begin actual construction work.”
The SBUT has obtained the IOD for a 1-acre sub-cluster, which has 12 buildings. Ten of them have already been demolished. Approximately 600 new flats will be constructed in this sub-cluster. There are approximately 40 conditions laid down in the IOD, which are to be met by SBUT. Only then will the project be eligible for a CC, and can apply for one. The IOD comes close on the heels of an approval given by the BMC for the project’s layout plan, which demarcating areas reserved for playgrounds and recreation grounds. It can also be used to determine the Floor Space Index (FSI) potential of the said plot.
The project encompasses 3,200 residential and 1,250 commercial establishments, housed in 250 old structures.
The cluster scheme, which was proposed in 2008 and aims at the holistic development of the area, has been a slow starter. So far, only five proposals have been passed for the project, of which work has started on just two.
The project was prompted by the state’s offer of giving additional benefits to any revamp scheme which covered a minimum area of 1 acre (4,000 square metres).
Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) Bhendi Bazaar revamp scheme:
> Spread across 16.5 acres, the Bhendi Bazaar project plans to rehabilitate 3,200 residents and 1,250 commercial establishments in the area
> All residents will be given flats with a minimum area of 350 square-feet
> Commercial premises would be accommodated in modern commercial complexes
> 60 old buildings have been demolished till date in the project, and 1,600 residents have moved to transit accommodations
> The SBUT has subdivided the scheme into a total of nine clusters, of which six are for rehabilitated residents, two for construction of premises that will be sold. The remaining one cluster is for MHADA buildings
> Due to the high density of population, green spaces will be created on podiums