Over 55 slums on Mumbai's coastline to undergo redevelopment, under the joint venture of MHADA & SRA

The project will be one of the biggest redevelopment drives in the city.

The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority has decided to kick off one of the biggest redevelopment drives in Mumbai. In association with the Slum Development Authority (SDA), the MHADA has decided to remodel and revamp, over 55 slums on the Mumbai coastline, giving it a complete makeover. The Housing Minister informed that this initiative will fall under the umbrella of the housing policy set to be introduced in 2 months.

Opening up land under slums for redevelopment

Mumbai slums stand over large landmasses and redevelopment here could open acres of space for housing facilities. Reportedly, the new houses constructed here will be divided into two halves- one reserved as houses for slum dwellers while the other will be opened for sale at market rates.

The Housing Minister also stated that no slum-dweller will be displaced from their original location. Mumbai is a densely populated city and the arable land (hectares per person) is grossly less. Opening up slums for redevelopment will unreserve a lot of space for others to rehabilitate also.

The project's principal body MHADA, is aiming for financial development and revenue generation in the backdrop of a choked economy due to the pandemic. This redevelopment drive will attract a lot of investors once it is finalised, stated the Minister, elaborating that the agency will soon recruit for about 562 positions shortly, including 150 engineers.

The Minister also provided the details of the norms prescribed by the SRA for the sale of houses by owners. Homeowners earlier had to be in possession of the house for at least 10 years to be able to sell it. However, now, the duration has been brought down to 5 years from the time their slums are demolished for redevelopment.

He further stated that Mumbai owes a debt to these people living in the slums because these are the working hands of the city. He highlighted that the MHADA and the city have to take care of them. Previously also, redevelopment of BBD chawls was carried out and these would be inaugurated in a month's time in Worli.

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