Dharavi slum redevelopment may be delayed

Written by Prachi Karnik Pradhan | Mumbai | Updated: Dec 17 2007, 06:18am hrs
The Rs 9,250 crore Dharavi Redevelopment Project is likely to be delayed as the detailed socio-economic, parametric and Geographical Information System-based survey of the area is still on and it would take a few months for completion of the survey. However, the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA), which is the executing agency for the project, has initiated the bidding process.

T Chandrashekhar, official on special duty for the Dharavi project, admitted that there would be delays in the completion of ongoing survey as it was a scientific and comprehensive one. It is for the first time that a detailed socio-economic baseline survey is being conducted at Dharavi. We have decided to go ahead with the bidding process for the five sectors. So far, 26 consortiums have been shortlisted for the project, he added.

On the other hand, Mashaal, an NGO which has been roped in by SRA for conducting the survey, said that the ongoing survey was not based on the earlier surveys. Sharad Mahajan, executive head, Mashaal, and an urban planner, told FE that so far 95% of Dharavi had been surveyed and around 63,000 structures had been identified.

Our team could not survey 5% of the area due to protests from areas like the Koliwada and the Kumbharwada, he said. However, the issue seems to have been sorted out after the intervention of members of the Dharavi Bachao Andolan and the first phase of the survey would be complete by December 19.

Mahajan said they would soon undertake the second phase of the surveythe baseline socio-economic survey to find out the exact number of inhabitants of Dharavi.

Mahajan said there could be further delay in the execution of the survey as accurate and precise physical verification of every household would be conducted during the second phase.