The Maharashtra government will frame a policy to revamp BDD (Bombay development department) chawls in the coming months. This was announced in the legislative council during the ongoing monsoon session on Wednesday.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will hold meetings with the stakeholders within a fortnight to expedite the process. This direction was given by Ramraje Nimbhalkar, the chairman of the legislative council, after the members complained that residents of these chawls were living in dilapidated conditions and risking their lives in the process.
“The state should study the situation and bring forth a policy on the redevelopment of the BDD chawls in the winter session,” said Nimbhalkar.
He also directed the chief minister to hold a meeting with all stakeholders and pursue the matter.
Housing minister Prakash Mehta said the survey will be conducted in the next three months. “We will draft the policy based on this survey,” he said.
The BDD has 207 chawls in prime locations such as Naiguam, Worli, Lower Parel and Sewri. The state claims this as one of the biggest redevelopment projects in the city, aiming to replace the crumbling chawls into a plush township.
The chawls were built between 1920 and 25 by the then British government to facilitate low-cost housing for the poor.
At present, the residents continue to live in a shambles in the dilapidated structures that have leaking walls and crumbling ceilings.
Congress legislator Bhai Jagtap said the state government needs to understand the urgency of the matter. “The people are living in dangerous conditions and the structures can collapse anytime. Redevelopment is the only option and so it should be carried out at the earliest,” he said.