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BJP MLA wants Maharashtra government to acquire 6,000 cessed buildings, redevelop them

On Tuesday, the legislator from Colaba gave recommendations to the committee asking that tenants of such buildings should also get bigger houses.

mumbai Updated: Sep 27, 2017 00:09 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Raj Purohit (File)

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Raj Purohit wants the state government to acquire 6,000 cessed buildings in Mumbai and redevelop them on the lines of BIT chawls and Dharavi.

On Tuesday, the legislator from Colaba, who is a member of a committee of MLAs to expedite redevelopment of old and dilapidated buildings, gave recommendations to the committee asking that tenants of such buildings should also get bigger houses.

“The government of Maharashtra should acquire about 6,000 cessed buildings in the city that are in bad condition. The government should

redevelop the buildings under 33(7), 33(5, 33(9) of the Development Control Rules like they are planning for BIT chawls and Dharavi. Global tenders should be invited for this too,” Purohit said.

According to Purohit, there are around 14,375 dilapidated structures in the island city and 10,500 in the suburbs.

The condition of around 6,000 structures is dangerous. The structures were constructed before 1969 and are in a bad shape.

The rules and regulations to redevelop the structures are complex and the process takes years. The MLA added that the government should allocate Rs1,000 crore for the redevelopment of the buildings.

Purohit said he has written to housing minister Prakash Mehta and Sanjay Kumar, principal secretary, housing.

“Like the redevelopment of BIT chawls, houses for mill workers, rehabilitation of the project-affected families of the Metro 3 project; tenants of cessed buildings should get 500 sqft houses. Why are they given only 250-300 sqft houses?” Purohit said.

Last month, a dilapidated building in Bhendi Bazaar collapsed, killing 33 people.

Purohit said the government needs to urgently form a policy to redevelop such buildings to prevent such incidents.

The committee is expected to come out with a policy by the year-end to expedite redevelopment of such buildings.

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 00:09 IST