A revised cluster development policy for Mumbai will be announced on December 16, Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said in the Assembly on Thursday during the ongoing winter session of the state legislature in Nagpur. The new policy will extend cluster redevelopment to the suburbs and all buildings that came up prior to 1983, he said.
The CM said the government will undertake a separate study to extend the same policy, tweaked to the ground situation, to Thane and other cities and will finalise it in a month’s time.
Cluster redevelopment is simply redeveloping an area comprising several buildings, on a minimum one-acre plot.
The Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust – an organisation of the Bohra community – is currently implementing one of the biggest cluster development projects in Mumbai. Hundreds of dilapidated buildings in Bhendi Bazar, spread over an area of 16.5 acres, will be razed to make way for towers. Civic amenities like parks will be part of this Rs 3,000-crore project.
Earlier in the day, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Eknath Khadse said that nearly 80 people were killed in April in Thane district due to illegal construction and that the government needed to announce a policy for redevelopment for the region. Shiv Sena MLAs also staged a protest on the floor of the House, demanding a cluster redevelopment policy for Thane.
Informing the house of the need for a separate policy for Thane and other places, the CM said, “Thane has a large number of illegal buildings and issuing a blanket permission to regularise and redevelop them will be unfair to legal buildings that have followed rules. A separate policy each for cities like Thane, Ulhasnagar and Pimpri Chinchwad will be formulated and presented within a month.”
Chavan also said that the existing cluster redevelopment was proving financially unviable in Mumbai following which it was revised by a high-powered committee headed by BMC chief Sitaram Kunte.
NCP spokesperson and MLA Nawab Malik targeted Chavan, saying the chief minister should take administrative decision which do not have financial implications and not depend on ‘babus’. The state will become another Delhi, indirectly referring to the Congress’s loss in Assembly polls.
Malik sought fulfillment of promises made by the DF government in its poll manifesto, demanding regularization of slums in Mumbai and Thane that came up before 2000.
No affidavit on Adarsh tabling: CM
The state has not filed any affidavit in the high court stating that the Adarsh report will be tabled in the Assembly, Chief Minister Prithiviraj Chavan has said. In a letter to Speaker Dilip Walse Patil, the CM said, during that the hearing of a petion, filed by a few BJP MLA, the government pleader had verbally assured the court that the government would table the report in the Legislature. The letter, however, categorically stated that no affidavit was ever filed in this regard.