BDD Chawl If the state government accepts the plea by the mill workers’ union, the BDD chawl redevelopment might get affected.
The mill workers union has written to the government asking them to construct homes on mill land only for mill workers, and not keep the mandatory 30 per cent for transit camp. The union claims that there are already a lot of mill workers and if the homes meant for them are put up as transit camps then the chances of mill workers getting a home get reduced.
However, there also is another issue, if the government accepts it then, the BDD chawl redevelopment might get impacted, as the transit camps for the existing tenants of BDD chawls is expected to be at the mill lands. However, senior MHADA officials, working on BDD chawl redevelopment say that they are hopeful that the government won’t change the existing law.
According to Chetna Raut of Girani Kamgar Karmachari Nivara and Kalyankari Sangh the union that wrote the letter said, “There are more than 1.75 lakh mill workers of which till now only 9,463 mill workers have been allotted homes. However, 4459 homes on these mill lands were used for transit camps. If only these homes that MHADA keeps for transit camp are allotted to mill workers then the number of dependents will reduce.”
A senior MHADA official, working on BDD redevelopment said, “The 30 per cent reservation for transit camps exists in the Development Control Rules and cannot be merely changed by writing letters to the government. Though what they are suggesting is a good idea, transit camps are also needed within Central Mumbai, as many dilapidated buildings including BDD are in South of Mumbai and Central Mumbai, and accommodating the tenants here is easy than sending them to some faraway place.”
The reason why the mill workers unions have got active right seeking this demand of converting transit camps into homes for mill workers is because in the near future 4,587 homes are upcoming on one of the mill lands of which 2792 homes are meant for mill workers and remaining 1795 are for transit camps. “If these homes kept reserved for transit camps are also put up for the mill workers, a lot many people will get a home. There are more than 10,165 applicants who want these homes, imagine how not having transit camps on mill land will benefit the mill workers,” she said.
- Union claims there are a lot of mill workers and if the homes meant for them are put up as transit camps, the chances of them getting a home get reduced.
- However, if the government accepts it, the BDD chawl redevelopment might get impacted.