Jitendra Awhad wants Maharashtra CM to give nod to redevelopment of Dharavi

Maharashtra Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad has urged the CM to take a decision on the redevelopment of Dharavi as most of the COVID-19 cases in Mumbai are being reported from the slums.

Jitendra Awhad wants Maharashtra CM to give nod to redevelopment of Dharavi
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Maharashtra Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad wrote a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray requesting him to take a decision on the starting redevelopment project for Dharavi. 

One of Asia’s biggest slums, Dharavi has emerged as the hotspot for the coronavirus outbreak. As per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the total number of cases in Dharavi has risen to 1,378. On Wednesday, the slum dominated area reported 25 fresh COVID-19 cases. 

Meanwhile, Jitendra Awhad has urged the CM to take a decision on the redevelopment of Dharavi as most of the COVID-19 cases in Mumbai are being reported from the slums. Dharavi is also facing a severe shortage of health and hygiene facilities, he added. 

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Jitendra Awhad said that the previous government had already announced the redevelopment of Dharavi and all formalities were completed. 

If the decision is taken about the redevelopment, under the current circumstances, to redevelop Dharavi it will be politically, socially and economically beneficial to the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, Awhad stated while adding that the redevelopment project will also generate employment and improve the economy. 

On April 19, Jitendra Awhad tested positive for the coronavirus or COVID-19 and was admitted to the Fortis hospital in Mulund after he complained of fever and uneasiness. However, Awhad was discharged after making full recovery on May 10.

While sharing his experience, Awhad said that the period between April 23 and 26 was the most crucial in his life as his family was told that there was a little chance of survival. 

Meanwhile, the BMC has decided to screen the entire Dharavi locality to trace positive COVID-19 cases. The civic body plan to isolate the positive cases immediately and has screened 3.6 lakh people. 

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