Fresh bid to redevelop Asia’s biggest slum Dharavi in Mumbai

Mumbai city news: Last year, the Rs22,000 crore global tender to revamp 178 hectares of Dharavi slum fell flat as it attracted no bidders all five times.

mumbai Updated: Jun 27, 2017 11:15 IST
Naresh Kamath
Naresh Kamath
Hindustan Times
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After five failed attempts in 2016 with no bidders to redevelop four sectors of Dharavi — India’s largest slum — the Dharavi Redevelopment Authority (DRA) has come up with a new proposal to divide these four sectors to 13 sub-clusters and float tenders for the same.

The reason—in view of the present real estate slowdown, builders are not in a position to bid for big sectors. “Our feedback says that we may get bidders for smaller sub clusters,” said a senior DRA officer who did not wish to come on record.

Last year, the Rs22,000 crore global tender to revamp 178 hectares of Dharavi slum fell flat as it attracted no bidders all five times. Hence, the DRa has now decided to go the sub-cluster route.

Pankaj Kapoor, CEO, Liases Foras, a real estate research firm, also seconded the sub cluster formula on the grounds that that the monetary position of the real estate sector is not good. “Builders are cash-strapped and not in a position to undertake such a massive project. The work at Dharavi involves not just construction of buildings, but also laying down of new infrastructure. Sub clusters may attract builders,” said Kapoor.

Read: The realty truth about Dharavi

In hopes of creating a plush township in place of dense slums, Dharavi was divided into five sectors. One sector was handed over to Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA). The remaining four sectors will now be subdivided into 13 parts and tenders will be floated for each separately. The builder will need to rehabilitate the existing slum dwellers in his sub sector, apart from creating the entire infrastructure, like building roads, laying water and drainage lines as well other amenities.

However, resident associations are not convinced and have accused DRA of just experimenting with the project sans any result. “From the last 13 years, we are just given promises of shifting to new a environment, but nothing substantial has been achieved till date. Instead of a fixed concrete programme, all we see are new experiments,” rued Raju Kode, President, Dharavi Bachao Samiti.

The Dharavi revamp faced lot of problems since their inception in 2004. The two main hurdles included the eligibility factor where it was found that 63 percent people in sector 3 were found to be non-eligible, and the other was the large scale pull out by the developers due to the flip flop stance by the government.

First Published: Jun 27, 2017 11:15 IST