The Dharavi Redevelopment Authority (DRA) has finally completed the hearing of 754 suggestions and objections to the draft plan of the redevelopment of India’s largest slum.
The DRA now plans to incorporate in the draft plan several suggestions made, including widening of roads, improving water supply and sewerage system and maintaining status quo of religious structures.
Various political parties, residents and officials of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) participated in the hearing, a senior DRA official said.
“We are studying the suggestions and will then send the revised draft to the state government,” said the official, requesting to be quoted anonymously as he was not authorised to talk to the media.
“Various departments of the BMC such as estate, roads and sewerage took part in the process. We will include several more clauses for the developer during the revamp,” he added.
Aseem Gupta, former additional municipal commissioner who is now Thane civic chief, represented the BMC at the hearing.
The DRA will submit the draft plan within a fortnight to the state’s urban development department, which headed by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan.
The hearing, which began on April 15, was in response to the draft notification issued by DRA.
The notification had details of the overall revamp proposal such as the amount of land to be used, open spaces to be set aside and social amenities such as hospitals and schools up that would be set up.
There were also maps that showed the designated areas for infrastructure.
The Dharavi revamp plan was mooted in February 4, 2004, to develop India’s largest slum into a modern township.
However, the plan has run into several problems, with majority of the developers pulling citing issues such as delays and lack of transparency in the project.
Now, work has started in one sector (which is sector 5), which is being handed over to the Mhada.
Dharavi residents, however, remained unimpressed with the whole idea.
“The hearing was just a formality. DRA does not seem to be serious,” said Raju Korde, convenor, Dharavi Nagrik Manch, which wants more transparency in the redevelopment process in Dharavi.