New life: Redevelopment plan offers ray of hope to Umarkhadi buildings
There are 67 such buildings consisting of about a thousand tenements spread across the city in areas such as Kamathipura, Byculla, Dharavi, Dadar and Umarkhadi. The buildings in Umarkhadi have about 200 occupants. These have not been getting any funds from the state or the Centre for maintenance and repairs.
As a pilot project, MHADA has sent a proposal to the state government to redevelop six such buildings in Umarkhadi near Mazgaon and rehabilitate the occupants.
“The buildings are in a bad condition and beyond repair. For several years, there have been no dedicated funds for their upkeep. If the trial proposal for Umarkhadi works out, we will tend to the other buildings constructed under this scheme,” said Prasad Lad, chairman of MHADA’s repair and reconstruction board.
Lad said the proposal has received the nod of Sachin Ahir, state minister for housing, and has been dispatched to the Chief Minister about three weeks ago for his approval.
“The biggest advantage for tenants will be that they will own the houses. Under the Prime Minister’s Grants Programme, the ownership of houses was not under their name. Secondly, they will get bigger houses in new buildings,” Lad said.
The flats in these buildings are currently of the size of about 160-180 sq ft, while MHADA will build apartments that are 300 sq
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