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Maha govt changes Development Control Rules for Dharavi re-development

Agencies, Mumbai, The Financial Express

January 03, 2012


Ahead of the Mumbai civic polls, Maharashtra government today announced changes in the Development Control Rules (DCR) for the re-development of Dharavi slum, situated in central Mumbai.

Addressing a press conference here, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said that the process of re-development of sector 5 in Dharavi, would get a boost, following the changes in the DCR.

The Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (MHADA) or any other public sector undertaking will act as a nodal agency for the Dharavi re-development project.

Under this project, infrastructure facilities like roads, toilets, gardens would be developed to improve people's standard of living, Chavan said.

The re-development of Dharavi was first approved in 2004. It is aimed at benefiting 60,000 families. As per the new DC rules, 4 FSI will provided for the re-development.

Competitive bids will be invited for re-development on government and semi-government land. Slums and chawls will be re-developed on the lines of cluster development. Each resident will get a carpet area of 300 sq ft tenement in the name of husband and wife.

Small businesses in Dharavi would be protected under the scheme. A ten-year corpus fund will be set up for the maintenance of re-developed buildings.

More than one fifth of land in Dharavi is privately owned. Some experts and NGOs have suggested an option of self-development, involving land owners and residents and the proposal is under consideration, Chavan said.