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Old July 9th, 2013, 12:52 PM   #461
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Nothing has started as yet . Mhada was suppose to start work . But the residents opposed it as they were demanding 400 sq.ft flats . Then SS stepped in and there was a big issue .
I doubt this project will ever take off . They have dragged it for too long now and more illegal people would claim for legitimacy .
Check out this place on google maps 19.049827,72.861475
It shows a lot of rehab buildings also on the other side of the station road. So I guess either MHADA or someone else has startd something. And I wanted to have the updates of the same.
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Old July 10th, 2013, 11:54 AM   #462
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The Dharavi Redevelopment Authority (DRA) has finally completed the hearing of 754 suggestions and objections to the draft plan of the redevelopment of India’s largest slum.

The DRA now plans to incorporate in the draft plan several suggestions made, including widening of roads, improving water supply and sewerage system and maintaining status quo of religious structures.
Its more than 9 years but nothing has moved and nothing will move till the elections are over, except some more plans to wove the slum dwellers for vote.
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Old July 11th, 2013, 06:05 AM   #463
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Not exactly related to development but this is the reason why we have slums in Bombay . I think if instead of the earlier plan the Government allows builders to buy out the slums just like most of Bharat nagar we may see something happening here


MUMBAI: A shanty in Dharavi is fetching a price of over Rs 1 crore, and real estate prices in Asia's second-largest slum cluster are beating those in posh central Mumbai areas like Lower Parel.

Sample this: an 80-sq ft house in Dharavi costs upwards of Rs 25 lakh today, which is over 31,000 per sq ft, while Lodha had recently launched a new project in Lower Parel at Rs 23,000-25,000 per sq ft. In a market where sales of apartments have slowed down significantly, especially in south and central Mumbai, property sales in this slum cluster in central Mumbai have gone well and prices have doubled in the last couple of years.

Take the example of Amrish Devaliya who listed his 450-sq ft Mumbai home on a popular property portal last month. His asking price was 1 crore, but now he's hoping to get much more. Devaliya's property isn't located in one of Mumbai's many middle-class hubs, but a shanty inside Dharavi, where property prices have been on the rise over the past few years.

While the rest of the city battles falling home sales which are down 50% from the peak of June 2009 and a huge inventory pile-up of 40 months (139.33 million sq ft as of March 31, 2013, according to property research firm Liases Foras), this 427-acre slum, home to lakhs of labour that serves the Maximum City, has stood out, thanks to continuing high demand for comparatively 'cheaper' homes by an immigrant labour force which caters to the city as domestic help, plumbers, daily wagers, other office workers or those who run micro businesses. A healthy market usually maintains an inventory of around eight months.

Syed Kausar Vazir, a real estate agent based in Mahim, receives around 10-12 enquiries from buyers for properties in Dharavi every day. "Around 50% of these enquiries translate into deals and are finalised," he says.

Another broker, Moosa Sayad, who owns Aman Estate Agency on the 90-ft road near the slum, says he gets around 15 enquiries daily. "The deals may not happen the same day, they take time, but there's certainly a buzz," he says.

What's made Dharavi more attractive is the possibility of regularisation and redevelopment as per a 1998 plan. Add to that, the slum's central location in a stretched city. "A shanty measuring 12 ft by 35 ft can fetch a price of Rs 1-1.5 crore," says Vazir. The premium for a house is determined by its proximity to the main road or the railway station, he explains.

"Dharavi has its own rules and regulations, though. It can have its own 'Dharavi realty index'," adds Mona Jalota, head of international project marketing and regal homes at international property advisory firm Knight Frank. Smaller the house, bigger the premium here. A small 42-sq ft shanty in Azad Nagar No 1 of Dharavi can fetch anywhere between Rs 15-20 lakh. "And here, there's no 'funda' for pricing. The owner decides the value of his house, and the buyer decides whether to pay or not," says Sayad.

Prices of houses, which have tin or wooden roofs, or sometimes slightly better with brick structures, but no attached bathrooms, have more than doubled in the last two years. Typically, deals for these homes are struck by the roadside. If you are on the lookout for a house here, you could be accosted by a so-called real estate agent at the corner of a street. These agents scour the streets, looking for buyers and sellers and most of them don't even have a registered office: they get 2% of the deal size as commission in return for their services.

Many of the rules that govern the rest of the city's real estate do not apply to properties here. For instance, there's no formal registration of properties and no stamp duty. All deals are based on power of attorneys, sale agreements and a no-objection certificate.
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Old July 28th, 2013, 09:46 PM   #464
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WHERE did they fit this in the slums?


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Old July 28th, 2013, 11:23 PM   #465
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Kudos to MMRDA. Bolte bolte hi ban gaya yaar ye toh. bas news dekh ke hi mazaa aa gaya. Gives me so much hope about the rehabilitation
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Old August 8th, 2013, 10:34 AM   #466
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Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday gave an in-principle approval to the draft Dharavi redevelopment proposal, which details the land use plan for redevelopment of the slum sprawl, but the project is unlikely to take off anytime soon as land acquisition poses a major hurdle.

At a review meeting, Chavan okayed the plan for redevelopment of four sectors of the slum; the fifth sector is being developed by Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority.

The land use plan was published earlier this year and received 765 suggestions and objections from stakeholders, including state agencies and residents. The redrafted plan includes some of them.

“The civic body had sought a premium for use of 80% of its land, but Chavan asked it to forgo the profit as it would make the project unviable,” an official said.

The big problem now is land acquisition, as 15% of the land that has to be redeveloped is privately owned. “How to acquire this land is a challenge as it is not meant for roads or amenities, but for housing existing residents and for sale in the market.

Can we use the Land Acquisition Act when the requirement is not strictly for public purpose,” said the official.

The government will seek legal opinion before acquiring the land to avoid court disputes and cases.

Tenders for selecting a private developer for redevelopment cannot be issued until the government acquires the land.

The issue of acquiring 10 to 12 acres of encroached railway land was also discussed, and the committee headed by the chief secretary has been assigned the job of finding a solution.

The plan makes way for wider roads, drainage and larger reservation for amenities such as schools, medical facilities and sheds for small-scale industries in the four sectors.

The firm Ernst and Young has been selected as the project management consultant and will prepare bid documents detailing the selection criteria for developers.

The project was mooted in 2004 and has seen one failed bid in 2009.

Its cost has gone up by three times to Rs15,000 crore.
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Old August 13th, 2013, 06:15 AM   #467
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Old August 13th, 2013, 08:21 AM   #468
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I personally feel Dharavi will always be Dharavi , the way it is now .
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While the state government is trying to get the Dharavi makeover project on track before elections, the only building as part of the ambitious plan for which the construction has started is now facing a height restriction due to its proximity to the Mumbai airport.

The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA), which is the planning authority for Sector 5 of Dharavi, has received a preliminary approval from the Airport Authority of India to construct the building only up to 56 metres, or roughly 13 floors. The housing board had proposed the height of the building to be 75 metres, or 18 floors.

"About 10 days ago, we got the approval allowing us to construct up to 56 metres. Now, we will appeal to the Ministry of Civil Aviation in Delhi to allow it for a height of 75 metres. Getting the clearance should not be a major problem since there is a private building in the vicinity for which the ministry has permitted a height of more than 80 metres," said Niranjankumar Sudhanshu, chief officer of MHADA's Mumbai board, said.

Buildings coming up in proximity to the airport have to get a 'No Objection Certificate' for a height clearance from the Airport Authority of India to ensure airspace around airports is free of any obstacles and highrises do not interfere with radar signals or flight paths. The site on which the building is being constructed falls within a five-kilometre radius from the airport.

A senior MHADA official had earlier said they were trying to complete the building's construction by December since the Lok Sabha and state elections are scheduled early next year. However, with the height clearance still awaited, the construction is expected to be completed only by early next year.

MHADA had started the construction of this building, contracted to BG Shirke Construction Technology Private Limited, in December last year. Sudhanshu said eighth floors are ready.

The housing board is also in the process of applying for an environment clearance to start the construction of the second building in Sector 5, which will sprawl over 65 hectares, of which roughly 24 hectares is developable.
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Sole building in Dharavi redevelopment project to be ready by April next year


With elections round the corner, the state housing board plans to complete the only building in the decade-old Dharavi revamp plan by April 2014. The construction for the building started this year in February. The deadline is, however, contingent to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) getting height clearance from the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

"We are confident of getting a clearance in time. We have received approval for 13 of the 18 floors. The building is complete till the 9th floor, while we have completed structural work till the 13th floor," a MHADA engineer said.

The state has designated MHADA as the special planning authority for Sector 5 of Dharavi, which stretches over 65 hectares, of which 24 hectares is developable.

With the development plan of Dharavi yet to be finalised, MHADA had started the construction of this building, expected to accommodate 358 eligible slum dwellers. The move MHADA experts said was to get the work started and instill confidence among people.

While work orders for the building were issued to BG Shirke Construction Technology Pvt Ltd in October 2012, work could start only this year due to political protests.

"Once we shift the slum dwellers in the newly constructed building, we will raze the shanties and start the construction of the next building there," the engineer said.

Overall, the state housing board will build 9,600 tenements to rehabilitate slum dwellers in Sector 5. The 18-floor C-shaped building will have 21 tenements on each floor connected by a long corridor.

The MHADA engineer said the flats have been constructed using relatively modern specifications.

The cost of construction thus works out to Rs 2,415 per sq ft, though the houses will be

allotted to eligible slum dwellers free-of-cost.
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Old November 13th, 2013, 11:26 AM   #472
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Its election time again !


More than two years after trying to bid out the ambitious Dharavi Redevelopment Project and then cancelling the tenders, the project is now gaining steam with the state government once again working towards inviting bids for the much-delayed redevelopment of Asia's largest slum sprawl.

Aiming to invite tenders by this year, the Dharavi Redevelopment Project Authority had in October presented a first draft of the bid documents to a Committee of Secretaries and later to the chief minister.

"Since the market is not doing very well, we may want to test the waters first by bidding out only 25 percent of the project, or one sector, initially and see what kind of response we get from developers. We are looking to float tenders as soon as possible . We are putting all options in front of the chief minister," said a senior official from the Dharavi Redevelopment Project authority on condition of anonymity.

The official added that there would be another meeting with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan this week to discuss the bid documents.

Officials are also undecided on whether prior experience in slum redevelopment should be a mandatory condition. Senior officials in the Dharavi Redevelopment Project authority are of the opinion that the lead consortium member of all potential bidders must have undertaken slum redevelopment projects as well greenfield development projects in the past.

However, a source in the housing department said officials in the committee of secretaries thought this could limit competition to local developers. "Since these kind of bids are normally responded to by companies from diverse countries and backgrounds, experience in slum redevelopment need not be a mandatory condition in the tender documents. It should be left to the wisdom of the companies forming consortia whom to tie up with for bidding," he said.
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Dharavi redevelopment project: Hurdles slow down progress

Even as the state housing board had started construction on a vacant plot in Dharavi showing progress in the decade-old Dharavi redevelopment project, actual work has slowed down owing to various hurdles related to clearances and encroachments.

While the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) is unable to complete the first building on which it had started work last year due to a height cap by the aviation ministry, work on the second building cannot begin before the housing board gets another set of clearances. The housing board is the special planning authority for Dharavi’s Sector 5 and is responsible for the redevelopment of the entire sector. The redevelopment of the other four sectors is being implemented by the Dharavi Redevelopment Project authority.

The second building to be constructed in Sector 5 needs an environment clearance and a heritage clearance besides an aviation clearance, before work can start. Niranjankumar Sudhanshu, chief officer of MHADA’s Mumbai board, said, “The building will be located within a 100 m of Dharavi’s Kala Killa (Dharavi fort). We have applied for a heritage clearance. We have also submitted the proposal for an environment clearance.”

“The plot on which the building is to be constructed is dotted with five structures, two of which are religious structures owned by trusts. We will start talks with the owners of the structures to get the plots cleared,” said an official requesting anonymity.

The construction of the first building, which will have a total of 18 floors, is now awaiting permission from the Ministry of Civil Aviation to construct the building to its proposed height.
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