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Mumbai: Dharavi Redevelopment Project Receives Additional 21 Acres

The state had already donated approximately 2.5 acres of the same plot to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority. This land would be used to build a station and viaduct for Metro Line 2B.

Mumbai: Dharavi Redevelopment Project Receives Additional 21 Acres
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A 21-acre plot in Mumbai's Kurla dairy site has been approved for transfer to the Dharavi Redevelopment Project. This decision was made by the dairy development department of the Maharashtra government.

The government dairy in Nehru Nagar, Kurla, was closed about 10 years ago. Now, the main administrative office, staff housing, a cold storage plant, and the dairy are located there. The state government will be responsible for finding other housing for those residing in the staff quarters.

The state had already donated approximately 2.5 acres of the same plot to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority. This land would be used to build a station and viaduct for Metro Line 2B. 

The Dairy Development Department released a Government Resolution (GR) on June 10, describing the Dharavi redevelopment project as essential and of public interest. The land will be provided for the rehabilitation of Dharavi slum inhabitants at a cost that is 25% less than the ready reckoner rate.

The land could be used to rehabilitate slum dwellers who were previously ineligible for free housing via the Dharavi project. This project will be a collaboration between the Adani Group and the Maharashtra government. The Maharashtra government has already cleared land for ineligible slum inhabitants at Mulund, Kanjurmarg, Bhandup, and Wadala.

Previously, a prime 47.5-acre railway property in Matunga and Mahim was also given to DRP. The Adani Group started mapping the slum on March 18 of this year.

DRPPL has announced that apartments with bathroom and kitchen measuring at least 350 square feet will be provided to qualifying residential tenements in Dharavi. This is a 17% increase over existing projects.

Earlier, Maharashtra's informal settlement residents were provided with 269-square foot dwellings. As per the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, the state government has been providing them with dwellings that are between 315 and 322 square feet since 2018. This is the minimum amount required for housing the urban poor.

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