With chief minister Prithviraj Chavan giving his nod for the complete makeover of Bhendi Bazaar, the highly-dense market place will be the first cluster redevelopment project in the city.
The Rs2,000-crore project to be constructed on 18 acres or 39,585 square meter area will be developed on a no-profit and no-loss basis. This is the fourth cluster cleared by the government so far in the island city under 33(9) of Development Control Rule. Sources said the work on the project will commence soon and it will be completed within four years. The project is initiated by Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, head of the Dawoodi Bohra community.
Samoon Rassiwala, architect of the project said, “Around 2,080 buildings will be restructured by constructing 20 buildings ranging from seven to 40 storeys. It will accommodate 25,000 people besides 2,000 shops. In this area, most of the buildings are old and in a dilapidated condition. It is one of the best projects in Asia and we want to materialise it. Residents will get 350 sq ft of usable area in the new project, while commercial establishments will be given same existing area. The buildings designed to cut air-conditioning costs, lawns on all terraces and water recycling,” he said.
The project is being implemented by Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust. “We will provide new amenities and create fresh infrastructure. We are waiting for the commencement certificate from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). We have started shifting people at transit camp at Mazgaon. The work will be done in a phased manner. At one time, 500 people can stay in this transit camp,” Rassiwal said.
Shops owners will also be compensated and the existing six mosques will be retained. Beside residential towers, 50% of the project space will be reserved for gardens and recreational facilities. Presently, there is no parking space. “We have decided to provide ample parking space to each residents. The new road will decongest the traffic. We want to make this project a world class one by bringing all amenities-solar, rainwater harvesting and energy generating plants using garbage waste. People will emulate it. There will be no water logging and flood in this area once the project is done. The entire redevelopment will be environment-friendly. The layout of the township is such that buildings rise progressively in height from south to north, thus ensuring that every flat catches the breeze coming in from the sea,” said one of the office bearers of the trust.
The Bhendi Bazaar project will change the face of entire south Mumbai. “It will boost the real estate of this area. The project will turn congested Bhendi Bazaar into a modern haven with ample amenities. This is the real first cluster development in city. A high-power committee headed by municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar had approved it in April, 2011. We got support of all concern people while preparing it,” he said.