Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday said the government was working on a cluster development policy to rehabilitate slum-dwellers across the city.
Chavan said that as per the latest survey conducted by the BMC, the city had 14.5 lakh hutments, sprawled over 37 square kilometres of land.
"Now we will have to look if, at the rate of 500 homes per square kilometre, we will be able to house them all,” said Chavan. “We need to be realistic and give the true picture and tell [the slum-dwellers] if we cannot," he said. "The only way out, as I see it, can be cluster development, which we are trying to work out in a new policy."
The CM said that the civic body is checking the actual land available for slum redevelopment, minus land reserved for public purposes, and see if everyone can be accommodated.
Chavan also admitted that allegations of unlimited FSI being granted to set up five star hotels in coastal regulatory zone areas were true. "The state government is allowed to give FSI to hotels as per its discretion as they don't fall under the 1991 law. I will be taking it up with the union environment ministry to change this," the chief minister said.
Chavan also told the legislative council that mill workers who had not received homes till now may be accommodated through affordable housing schemes.
Revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat said the state revenue department will investigate the alleged loss of revenue of Rs. 100 crore because of World Trade Centre (WTC) complex in south Mumbai. Earlier, leader of opposition Vinod Tawde said that in 1977, the land on which WTC stands was leased to Vishweshwaraiya R&D Centre on the condition that half of the income will be given to the state government.
"The WTC charges Rs. 285 per square foot, which comes to Rs. 240 crore annually, of which Rs100 crore should come to the government. But none of it does," Tawde alleged on Wednesday.