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Old April 19th, 2008, 07:30 AM   #1
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Dharavi Redevelopment Project

This thread will be used to track all the news related to the Dharavi Redevelopment project.

Background

Dharavi will be divided into 5 sectors and each sector will be awarded to a different developer to redevelop. 19 developers have been shortlisted by the government and the deadline for submitting the financial bids is May 31 2008.

According to the plan the developers are expected to rehabilitate 57,000 families and build infrastructure, roads, water supply, sewage facilities, and storm water drains.

The project will create 40 million sft of commercial space and 30 million sft of residential development and is estimated to be completed in seven years.

The project will have a maximum floor space index of 4. Private property in the project will have an FSI of 1.3, municipal and government property 3.1, and slum houses will have an FSI of 4.


The Indian partners of the 19 consortia are:

Reliance Engineering Associates (Mukesh Ambani), Indiabulls, Unitech Ltd, DLF, Godrej Properties, Africa-Israel Investments Ltd, L&T Ltd, Videocon Realty, Kingston Properties, Runwal Developers, MRMGF (a joint venture of Indian and Dubai-based companies), Goenka’s Conwood Group of Companies, Kalpataru, Lanco Infrastructure, Nagarjuna Construction Company, Housing Development and Infastructure Ltd (HDIL), the Lodha Group, Akruti Developers, and Neptune Investments.
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Old April 20th, 2008, 11:42 PM   #2
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As part of the project, will the entire Dharavi district be cleared leaving only the non-slum buildings or will some slums and non-slums be kept? I don't want any slums preserved.
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Old April 21st, 2008, 07:50 PM   #3
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As part of the project, will the entire Dharavi district be cleared leaving only the non-slum buildings or will some slums and non-slums be kept? I don't want any slums preserved.
All the slums in Dharavi will be removed. The developers will be given full property rights through which they can develop their sector the way they want. If they want to tear down a building (non-slum), they can do so.
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 11:47 PM   #4
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Should the Mahim Creek near Dharavi be cleaned up? The creek is widely used by the residents for urination and defecation, leading to the spread of contagious disease.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 04:42 AM   #5
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Should the Mahim Creek near Dharavi be cleaned up? The creek is widely used by the residents for urination and defecation, leading to the spread of contagious disease.
Right now MMRDA is cleaning the mithi river which leads to Mahim creek and removing all the slums along its banks. Once they're done with that, they might clean Mahim creek up too.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 01:59 PM   #6
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Hope it stays clean as well and that the emcroachments dont return.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 05:46 PM   #7
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FE: Dharavi postpones pre-bid meet to May 9

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Dharavi postpones pre-bid meet to May 9

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The pre-bid meeting for the Rs 9,500 crore major makeover of the Asia’s largest Dharavi slum has been postponed to May 9 from April 30, while the deadline for submitting financial bids for the project has been extended till May 31, informed an official from the slum rehabilitation authority (SRA).

The official said that the SRA would hold the pre-bid meeting with 19 bidders to brief them on some minor changes in the plan. The Maharashtra government has shortlisted 19 qualified bidders to submit their financial bids for the project spread across 236 hectare.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 05:48 PM   #8
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BBC: Effect of Dharavi redevelopment on the rest of Bombay

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Recycling slum faces redevelopment

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People from around the country come to the city to fulfil their dreams, but many of them end up in slums; it is estimated that more than half of the city's population live in squalor.

At the heart of the city - surrounded by posh, luxurious skyscrapers - is Asia's largest slum, Dharavi. It spreads over 525 acres (212 hectares) and is home to more than a million people.

Dharavi may seem like any other: full of dirt, filth and sewage, but what maybe an eyesore for most of the city's residents is also a recycling marvel.

"The majority of the place is a plastic recycling industry," says Naushad Khan, chairman of Dharavi Businessmen's Welfare Association.

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interesting read. there is a lot more at the web site and a pod cast as well.
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Old May 1st, 2008, 08:16 AM   #9
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ET: Govt's bid to hike flat size halts Dharavi makeover

Govt's bid to hike flat size halts Dharavi makeover

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MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government’s Dharavi makeover plan has suffered another blow, thanks to the latest controversy over the size of tenements. Officials of the Slum Rehabilitation Authority, the state’s nodal agency for the Rs 9,350 crore redevelopment plan, told ET that the deadline for submission of financial bids had been extended from April 30 to May 31 pending settlement of developers’ queries on a range of issues including size of the tenement.

“Developers keen on bidding for the project have raised several queries about the project modalities. A major issue that has cropped up pertains to the exact size of the flats which the beneficiaries would get. Unless these queries are answered, it won’t be proper either for the developers or for the SRA to proceed,” a senior SRA official said off the record.
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 07:34 AM   #10
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This is one project that will NEVER go thru looks like.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 05:08 PM   #11
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BS: Dharavi makeover project faces further delays over size of flats

Dharavi makeover project faces further delays over size of flats

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The Rs 9,500-crore Dharavi makeover may be postponed by a few months as the scheme will have to be amended to increase the size of the flats, to be given to slum-dwellers, from 225 sq ft to 269 sq ft, according to builders close to the development.


"We understand the project will be postponed by a few months. This is the impression we got in our pre-bid conference,'' said a Mumbai-based builder.

As a result, the deadline for submission of financial bids, expected to be May 31, will have to be extended for the second time, pending the settlement of developers' queries on a range of issues.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 09:08 PM   #12
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This is hopeless, corruption and vote-bank politics will never let India develop.
But look at the brighter side , we may not have world's largest Airport or tallest Building but pride of Mumbai world's biggest slum Dharavi will be preserved .
I think government should try to include dharavi in UN's world heritage list.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 03:55 AM   #13
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Revised plan for Dharavi to be submitted on Tuesday

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Mumbai: The state housing department will submit a revised proposal on the Dharavi redevelopment project on Tuesday. The move comes in the wake of chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh’s announcement to increase the size of the dwellings to 269 sq ft carpet area from the earlier 225 sq ft.
The Rs 10,000-crore Dharavi redevelopment plans were reviewed at the meeting chaired by chief secretary Johny Joseph along with senior bureaucrats at Mantralaya on Saturday. Housing department officials have reportedly drafted a plan detailing the population density, which can be accommodated in flats with a bigger area. Queries raised by the bidders regarding the policy changes were also discussed.
“All issues concerning the redevelopment and how to put it on the fast tract were discussed at length. The final details will be released after a second round of meeting on Tuesday,’’ an official said.
The project plans a complete makeover of the Dharavi slums by dividing the colony into 10 residential and commercial zones. The project aims at rehabilitating 56,000 slum families in Dharavi, giving them free houses.
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Old June 2nd, 2008, 02:26 PM   #14
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The residents orignally wanted larger floor space from the start but the govt. didn't listen until now while the bids were going through.

Serve them right as these delays are just costing them & wasting more time.

I have seen a BBC progamme on India & they showed abit of Dharavi which was an eye opener of the conditons the people live there, it was awful. Open sewers, hazardous construction of hutments, no sanitation....etc. So this project cant come sooner.
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Old June 9th, 2008, 03:16 PM   #15
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Key to success of Dharavi renovation

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Mukesh Mehta, consultant to the government on Dharavi, holds the key to the success of redoing Asia'a largest slum Dharavi.

It is an ambitious plan, which is yet to see closure. Mukesh Mehta says now there could be a solution to having larger flats, a key obstacle until now with developers.

''The size of the flats has gone up from 225 to 269 sq ft in accordance with the new housing policy. Therefore, even though FSI is at four, more is needed to accommodate this new size of flats. Therefore we will have about 50 lakh sq ft of additional TDR that developers can sell in the suburbs and this won't really load the suburbs with TDR because it is 50 lakh sq ft over seven years,'' says Mehta.

The new deadline for final bids is July 31 - three months late - and Mehta says that as per the new plan, project cost has already shot up by about Rs 3,000 crore to Rs 13,000 crore, leading to a lower premium from developers.

''Yes the premium will be a little lower than before but that is good for the developers. And at this point, none of them have withdrawn their interest in the project. They will still make four to five times what they spend on this project,'' says Mehta.

The 19 consortia bidding for the 500 acre Dharavi project include all the major real estate names from Unitech to Emaar and Godrej. And their interest still remains in the project despite the delays, and no uncertainty in the real estate market seems to get their eyes off this lucrative project.
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India's slum dwellers face ruin in development blitz

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Prakash Kajuri is asset rich but cash poor. The Mumbai courier earns about $6 a day delivering packages in India's most populous city but his home is sitting on land worth about $2 million dollars.

Kajuri lives in Dharavi, often described as Asia's biggest slum, where around a million people cram on to what was once a mangrove swamp along railway lines leading to central Mumbai.

The slum is the focus of a looming showdown as municipal authorities and developers seek to raze it to the ground and replace it with office towers, luxury apartments and shopping malls.

Families that can prove they have lived in Dharavi since 1995 would be entitled to a free apartment in the same area, but the new dwellings would be tiny, just 225 square feet or 20 square meters, about the size of a living room. Not surprisingly, many prefer to stay where they are.

"Why should I move into such a small place with my family?" said Kajuri, a father of seven, who has lived in Dharavi for over three decades.

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Old June 17th, 2008, 08:49 AM   #17
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The data for submission of bids for the RS.9,500 crore Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DPR) has again been extended by the Slum Rehabiliation Authority(SRA) to 31st july 2008. The date has been extended because the government is yet to arrive at a consensus over the issue of increasing the floor space index (FSI) from 4 to 4.5
So far SRA has received 19 bids.

The project has failed to kick start after the government called for global tenders for the project in june 2007. However, the government has been extending the date for the submission of the technical and financial bids as the project has been marred with several controversies. The interested bidders raised this issue as it was not feasible to provide 269 square feet tenements to the slum dwellers instead of 225 square feet as was proposed earlier.
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Old June 17th, 2008, 12:06 PM   #18
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lol!!

headlines in 2033

"The date for submission of bids for the RS. 123,000 crore Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DPR) has again been extended"
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lol!!

headlines in 2033

"The date for submission of bids for the RS. 123,000 crore Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DPR) has again been extended"
lol well said. I think it's better to close the thread no need to discuss or post as it is every other day you see the news article either delay or extended or whatever.
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HT: TROUBLED MAKEOVER - No one at helm of Dharavi revamp

TROUBLED MAKEOVER - No one at helm of Dharavi revamp

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GRAND AS the plan for a Dharavi makeover sounds, it is hasn't been able to move beyond rhetoric.

The two parties involved the state and the builders have not had the time to meet for the last four months, for want of a ‘Dharavi chief '.

The state government has not yet found a bureaucrat to take over as the post of ‘Dharavi chief '.

The pre-bid meeting where the Dharavi chief was to ad dress queries from builders regarding the project was initially scheduled to take place on February 29. Postponed to April, then May, the meeting has now been postponed indefinitely .

Chief Secretary Johny Joseph said: "I cannot comment on this, but we will make an appointment soon."

Another cause for the delay is the chief minister's decision to give slumdwellers bigger homes the government increased the size of the tenements from 225 sq ft to 269 sq ft. "The project is not delayed, we are making calculations to accommodate bigger units," said Joseph.
this is so kafkaesque that it is beyond ridicule and parody.
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