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Mumbai: Final plan in place for Dharavi redevelopment project

After years of delay, the Dharavi Redevelopment Authority (DRA) has finally come up with a comprehensive plan for the area, which includes global tenders and a time-frame in which to redevelop India’s largest slum.

mumbai Updated: Feb 05, 2015 22:23 IST
Naresh Kamath
An-aerial-view-of-Dharavi-slums-in-Mumbai-HT-file-photo
An-aerial-view-of-Dharavi-slums-in-Mumbai-HT-file-photo

After years of delay, the Dharavi Redevelopment Authority (DRA) has finally come up with a comprehensive plan for the area, which includes global tenders and a time-frame in which to redevelop India’s largest slum.

The plan includes global tenders for four sectors, a deadline of seven years in which to rehabilitate all slum dwellers, as well a decision to issue work orders within 90 days of tendering bids.

Nirmal Kumar Deshmukh, chief executive officer (CEO), DRA, confirmed a comprehensive plan is finally in place. “We will have a strict time-frame for every stage of this project. We have also prepared guidelines to ensure residents get good quality houses,” said Deshmukh.

The DRA has also decided to issue tenders for four sectors simultaneously, setting strict financial and technical norms for the builders. Deadlines will be set for getting approvals as well as completion of the project.

The DRA officials will meet chief minister Devendra Fadnavis next week, seeking his nod to start the process.

The Dharavi project, flagged off in 2004, had divided the 535-acre slum into five sectors. Of these, sector 5 is being revamped by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada). Tenders for the remaining four sectors will now be invited.

More than five years ago, a similar tendering process took place, with 101 builders pitching their bids. Well-known developers had pitched their bids for the project, including Indiabulls Real Estate, Lodha Group, Neptune Builders, DB Realty, Kalpataru and Runwal Group. ? As the project was delayed, the tally dropped to seven. The state government, however, finally decided to cancel the tenders in 2011.

According to builders, setting deadlines, and ensuring active government support will work wonders for the revamp project. “The project will get the best developers, provided the government actively participates by fast-tracking approvals as well as taking the onus of rehabilitating the slum dwellers. We are ready to build the best quality houses as well as amenities for them,” said Sandeep Runwal, director, Runwal Group.

> The ambitious 535-acre Dharavi revamp project was flagged off in 2004, with the area being divided into five sectors. Of these, sector 5 is being revamped by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada). Tenders for the remaining four sectors will now be invited.

> More than five years ago, a similar tendering process took place, with 101 builders pitching their bids. Well-known developers had pitched their bids for the project, including Indiabulls Real Estate, Lodha Group, Neptune Builders, DB Realty, Kalpataru and Runwal Group. As the project was delayed, several big developers pulled out, and of the 17 developers who had been shortlisted, only seven remained. The state government, however, finally decided to cancel the tenders in 2011.

> Three years ago, the state government handed over one sector to Mhada, where work is in progress.