Dharavi revamp

The Maharashtra government has decided to further divide the slum sprawl of Dharavi into smaller sectors to lure developers to come forward for the ambitious development project. Four previous attempts to call bids for the project failed as not a single application was received.

Dharavi Redevelopment Authority, the nodal agency for this project, had divided Dharavi into five sectors and called bids for four sectors while MHADA was to redevelop the fifth sector on its own.
Now, the government will divide the area into 12 sectors and bids will be called, for the last time.
Prakash Mehta, housing minister added that though the fifth sector is being developed by MHADA itself, he was not happy with its project and the housing agency's speed of work.

The four sectors comprising nearly 75% of the 240 hectare slum sprawl, were to be given for redevelopment on a public-private partnership basis, the model originally proposed 12 years ago.

One of the main reasons for the lack of response to the tenders was that developers were demanding transfer of development rights, claiming that the entire floor space index of 4 could not be consumed in the redevelopment project. Some developers have also demanded more FSI.

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