MHADA to hand over Dharavi Sector-5 project to DRP

The Maharashtra State Government has provided DRP with a special status and thus, the redevelopment work of all the five sectors will be combined. Therefore, the project has been handed over to the redevelopment firm by MHADA’s Mumbai Board through the government’s ordinance

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Redevelopment of Dharavi’s Sector-5 was being conducted for the last five months by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA)’s Mumbai Board. However, the work will have to be halted by the Mumbai Board as the state government has directed MHADA to hand over the project to Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DRP) and Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA). 

The Maharashtra State Government has provided DRP with a special status and thus, the redevelopment work of all the five sectors will be combined. Therefore, the project has been handed over to the redevelopment firm by MHADA’s Mumbai Board.

Accordingly, an ordinance to provide Dharavi redevelopment work with a special status has been circulated. In regard to the handover, Mumbai Board Chief Officer Deependra Singh Kushwah told Mumbai Live. For several years the project to redevelop Asia’s largest slum has been going on and off by the state government but still the project hasn’t been completed. Due to which, the project was divided into five sectors and Sector-5 was given to MHADA’s Mumbai Board but still, the situation did not improve much.

Since the last five years, the construction work of 358 houses of 300 sq. ft. was conducted by Mumbai Board and the redevelopment of 350 houses was also finished. Meanwhile, the approval for the redevelopment of 687 houses has been granted and the construction of 672 houses is ongoing. The estimated cost of the project is said to be around ₹150 crore.

While the project has been handed over to DRP, now the issue for MHADA’s Mumbai Board would be to recover the ₹150 crore invested by them. Thus, it is expected that they will approach the state government to reimburse the amount.

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