The civic body has come up with a unique compensation plan to speed up long-delayed road-widening projects in the city.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) complains that this has stalled work on several road-widening projects, including that on the Lal Bahadur Shastri Road from Kurla to Mulund in the eastern suburbs and the SV Road in the western suburbs. “People don’t want to shift in tenements made available in Mankhurd, built especially for those affected by such projects,” said a civic official.
The civic body has also set aside Rs300 crore in the 2012-13 budgetary plan to enable it to pay the ready reckoner rates to clear encroachments instead of allotting alternate accommodation to the project-affected persons (PAPs).
The civic body recently awarded contract of reconstruction and concretisation of 161 major roads, worth Rs570 crore. But more than half of such projects have been stuck due to encroachments. “This compensation policy will speed up work on road projects,” said Rahul Shewale, chairman, civic standing committee.
The policy has been tabled before the civic standing committee and will be discussed in the coming week.
“In a review meeting with civic road department officials, many contractors raised this issue which often hampers work,” said a civic official.
Satish Badwe, chief engineer, civic road department, said, “People who have tolerated structures (built prior to 1962) will have an option to either accept alternate accommodation or the ready reckoner rates as compensation.”
About the policy, Shewale said, “As of now, it will only aim at clearing roads and later widen its scope to target other projects.”