The residents will shift to transit homes by the end of this month. We will start work next month SS KONNUR, MHADA executive engineer
MUMBAI: In a significant progress to the ambitious Bombay Development Department (BDD) chawls revamp, redevelopment of the NM Joshi Marg chawls at Lower Parel is likely to begin from next month.
The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) will soon issue agreements to 460 families to shift to the transit camps at the erstwhile textile mills. According to SS Konnur, MHADA executive engineer who is in charge of the project, Lower Parel residents are excited about the redevelopment.
This covers phase 1, involving 560 households, of the project. Of them, 450 households have been declared eligible, while another 50-60 households have been told to furnish additional certificates to declare themselves eligible. The rest of the families are not ready to provide any documents, said Konnur. Redevelopment of the NM Joshi Marg chawls, spread over 32 acres, will be executed by Shapoorji Pallonji.
This move will boost one of India’s biggest urban renewal schemes measuring a staggering 92.86 acres across central Mumbai. The project, costing approximately ₹16,000 crore, was inaugurated by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at a ceremony last year.
With the NM Joshi project already taking off, residents of Naiguam are resisting redevelopment of their chawls under BDD project. Similarly, revamp of Sewri chawls has run into trouble as the land belongs to the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT). MHADA has written a letter to MbPT, seeking its nod to revamp these chawls.
Meanwhile, revamp of Worli chawls will start soon.
BDD chawls were built by the British between 1920 and 1925. Nearly a century later, these chawls are highly dilapidated, with leaks and falling slabs.
The Public Works Department (PWD) which owns them have not been successful in maintaining them, as the residents pay a monthly rent of ₹100.
The state expects to generate at least 16,000 affordable houses which will be sold through a computerised lottery system.