In Mumbai, 16 developers selected for Dharavi redevelopment project

The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) has shortlisted 16 developers for redeveloping 240 hectares of Dharavi in the pre-bidding stage.

The project aims to construct 1.08 lakh houses. More than 50% of them will be in the affordable segment. The biggest redevelopment project in the state, it will rehabilitate 58,000 people and is expected to be completed in seven years.

Housing minister Prakash Mehta said: “We are having a series of meetings with citizens and government officials. We will try to accommodate the residents there only so that their social, cultural and learning fabric will not be disturbed.”

Nirmalkumar Deshmukh, chief officer of the project, said that the actual bidding process will start after the pre-bid. “We will now check the financial capability of the 16 developers before allowing them in the bidding process,” Deshmukh told dna.

The 16 developers are Agafiya Trading, Pricewaterhousecoopers, Bayvilla Properties, Larsen & Toubro, Omkar, Alvino Realtors, Oberoi Construction, BG Shirke Construction Technology, Incline Realty, Kalpataru, Kay Bee Developers, Oberoi Realty, Tata Realty and Infrastructure, Nina Waterproofing Systems, Era Realtors and Neptune Developers.

The Maharashtra government has decided to give a floor space index of 4 and the size of the flats meant for rehabilitation will be 350 sq ft each.

“There are five sectors and the fifth has been developed by Mhada itself. Of the 1.08 lakh houses, the four developers will be able to sell 40,000 flats in the open market. In the remaining 68000 houses, 55000 will be utilised to rehabilitate hutments. The rest will be up for sale in the open market under the affordable housing segment,” said senior government officials.

Although the Congress-NCP had invited bids in 2007 and 14 developers evinced interest, all of them backed out later alleging that the bidding process was faulty.

One section of Dharavi residents, however, are not happy with the government over the project. “Our houses are much bigger than slums. So we should not be bracketed under the Slum Act. We should be either given bigger houses of 750 sq ft or excluded from the project,” the residents had written to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis recently.

Credits DNA

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