Photos: 550 families move to new towers in South Mumbai’s Bhendi Bazaar

Rukaiya Aziz got emotional as she moved into a 350-sqft apartment in Al-Saadah tower in Bhendi Bazaar in south Mumbai after moving out of her 80-sqft crumbling chawl room, where she lived with six of her family members for three decades. In 2013, Aziz became one of the first batch of 550 families to have been rehabilitated by the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT), which is undertaking the ambitious cluster redevelopment project in Bhendi Bazaar.

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Rukaiya Aziz, who used to live at a chawl, shows her 350-sqft one-bedroom-hall-kitchen (BHK) apartment at Al-Saadah tower in Bhendi Bazaar, south Mumbai. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Rukaiya Aziz, who used to live at a chawl, shows her 350-sqft one-bedroom-hall-kitchen (BHK) apartment at Al-Saadah tower in Bhendi Bazaar, south Mumbai. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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Moved out of her 80-sq-ft crumbling chawl room, where she lived with six of her family members for three decades, in 2013, Aziz became one of the first batch of 550 families to have been rehabilitated by the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT), which is undertaking the ambitious cluster redevelopment project in Bhendi Bazaar. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Moved out of her 80-sq-ft crumbling chawl room, where she lived with six of her family members for three decades, in 2013, Aziz became one of the first batch of 550 families to have been rehabilitated by the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT), which is undertaking the ambitious cluster redevelopment project in Bhendi Bazaar. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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With a majority of buildings in Bhendi Bazaar, built more than 100 years ago, in dilapidated condition, the state took up Mumbai’s biggest cluster redevelopment project on the 16.5-acre area. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

With a majority of buildings in Bhendi Bazaar, built more than 100 years ago, in dilapidated condition, the state took up Mumbai’s biggest cluster redevelopment project on the 16.5-acre area. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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“It was a congested place surrounded by drains, but we had no choice. We could not afford to buy a place in Mumbai. Today we are proud owners of an apartment in the heart of the city,” said Aziz. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

“It was a congested place surrounded by drains, but we had no choice. We could not afford to buy a place in Mumbai. Today we are proud owners of an apartment in the heart of the city,” said Aziz. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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Apart from the houses, the residents have been provided with various amenities such as gymnasium, community hall, library, walking tracks and toddler parks in these towers. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Apart from the houses, the residents have been provided with various amenities such as gymnasium, community hall, library, walking tracks and toddler parks in these towers. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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The state government unveiled the scheme in 2008 to undertake holistic revamp of the place. The idea was that it will help in better planning and beef up the infrastructure. However, so far only one project – 6.75-acre project 1 Avighna by Nish Developers in Lalbaug – has been completed. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

The state government unveiled the scheme in 2008 to undertake holistic revamp of the place. The idea was that it will help in better planning and beef up the infrastructure. However, so far only one project – 6.75-acre project 1 Avighna by Nish Developers in Lalbaug – has been completed. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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Mustafa Hassonjee, master architect of the project, said the cluster project is an upgrade for the residents. “Residents are happy that now they have become owners and not tenants. We are able to offer amenities only because the area is huge. This would not have been possible in stand-alone buildings,” he said. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Mustafa Hassonjee, master architect of the project, said the cluster project is an upgrade for the residents. “Residents are happy that now they have become owners and not tenants. We are able to offer amenities only because the area is huge. This would not have been possible in stand-alone buildings,” he said. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2020 11:14 PM IST
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