MUMBAI: The state government has decided to further divide the slum sprawl of Dharavi into smaller sectors to lure developers to come forward for the ambitious development project. Four previous attempts to call bids for the project failed as not a single application was received.
Dharavi Redevelopment Authority, the nodal agency for this project, had divided Dharavi into five sectors and called bids for four sectors while MHADA was to redevelop the fifth sector on its own.
Now, the government will divide the area into 12 sectors and bids will be called, for the last time. “We hope people will show interest for smaller sectors and come ahead to partner with us for the project. This is the last time we will invite tenders, if we don’t get bids we will ask societies to find developers and allow redevelopment,” said Prakash Mehta, housing minister.
He added that though the fifth sector is being developed by MHADA itself, he was not happy with its project and speed of work. “The speed at which work is going on is unsatisfactory, they have taken far too long to complete the process of making the annexure and decided the eligibility of residents. They have just constructed two buildings and not done anything in so many years,” said Mehta.
The four sectors comprising nearly 75% of the 240-hectare slum sprawl, were to be given for redevelopment on a public-private partnership basis, the model originally proposed 12 years ago.
One of the main reasons for the lack of response to the tenders was that developers were demanding transfer of development rights, claiming that the entire floor space index of 4 could not be consumed in the redevelopment project. Some developers have also demanded more FSI.
Credits ET Realty