Residents of BDD chawls to get 500 sq ft tenements on redevelopment

MUMBAI: The state urban development department has issued a notification stating that the residents of the century-old BDD chawls at Worli, Naigaon and N M Joshi Marg in Lower Parel will get 500 sq ft carpet tenements with a provision of 10 years of corpus fund after redevelopment.

The BDD chawls in Sewri are not a part of the redevelopment project as they are on port trust land. The state has already transferred ownership of the plots at Worli, Naigaon and N M Joshi Marg to Mhada, the nodal agency.

A senior bureaucrat said the gazette notification is almost like a final notification.

The British had built the chawls in Central Mumbai in the 1920s as a low-cost housing project. It is spread over 93 acres, comprising 207 ground-plus-three-storey structures, with over 16,557 flats of 160 sq ft. Of these 274 are eligible slum dwellers who will be rehabilitated in the same project. “There are 2,901 police tenements that may be allotted to them on ownership basis. The same number of tenements will be built in the new police housing project as staff quarters,” said an official.

Architects Laxman Thite, Vivek Bhole and Sandip Shikre have submitted their redevelopment designs for N M Joshi Marg, Worli and Naigaon respectively; the models have been kept on display in housing minister Prakash Mehta’s office in Mantralaya.

Credits ET Realty

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