Mumbai: Residents of old buildings and chawls will also be entitled to larger houses, on the lines of the recent 45 sq ft increase in the size of Slum Rehabilitation Authority houses announced by the government.
“There is a feeling that encroachers get free houses while original, legal residents are being ignored. The minimum size of a redeveloped tenement will be increased from 160 to 300 sq ft,” chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh told the legislative assembly on Tuesday, adding that a final plan is still to be worked out. However, the maximum size of redeveloped tenements is likely to remain 775 sq ft.
Clarifying his recent announcement on increasing the size of SRA tenements to 269 sq ft carpet area, Deshmukh said the increase would apply to all schemes where construction work had not yet begun on the new building. Even if the commencement certificate has been issued but work has not yet started, the new rules will apply, he added.
The pace of implementation of SRA projects, which has dropped following a PIL on massive corruption and fraud in various projects, will be quickened by the government and within two months, work will start on ‘frozen’ projects.
He said that while the government had considered scrapping the 70 % consent clause for the scheme in favour of tenders, people had opposed this move and the government will retain the consent clause. Deshmukh was replying to a discussion on SRA and other mass housing projects in which MLAs participated.
Deshmukh also spoke of the MMRDA’s rental housing plan, saying that 5 lakh houses to be rented would bebuilt in five years; 30,000 of these within the year. The government was trying to acquire a 20-acre plot in Dombivli for this, he added.
The CM said that the 25% premium which the government would charge developers undertaking SRA schemes on government land will go towards strengthening infrastructure. This was also the thinking behind the premium to be charged on 0.33 extra FSI for the suburbs, Deshmukh said, adding that it would be cheaper for residents than the current TDR rates.
Several MLAs raised questions about the implementation of the Dharavi Redevelopment Project, Chembur MLA Yusuf Abrahani and Dharavi MLA Varsha Gaikwad even got involved in an argument over which slum could claim the ‘biggest’ tag—Govandi or Dharavi. “If Dharavi is successful, this model will be applied to other large slums too,” Deshmukh said.
The state government is considering housing retrenched mill-workers, especially those who do not live in mill chawls at the moment, in surplus lands acquired by the state under the recently repealed Urban Land Ceiling Act, and an FSI of 4 will be given for mill housing, Deshmukh said.
The CM reiterated that the state was still arguing in the SC for the slum regularisation deadline to be extended to 2000. Both the person and the tructure have to be pre-2000, he added.
“There will be no increase beyond 2000,” he said, adding that the law against encroachments should be implemented strictly “We are trying to get a dedicated police force to be headed by an inspector general-level officer which will work under the BMC,” he added.
Source: The Times of India
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