NMMC gets 15 proposals to redevelop dilapidated bldgs
BENEFIT Projects will help civic body earn ` 60 cr, increase property tax revenue
CBD BELAPUR: The process for redevelopment of dilapidated buildings in the city has begun. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has so far received around 15 applications to redevelop houses.
Municipal commissioner Dinesh Waghmare had said that the civic body was expected to earn Rs60 crore from the redevelopment permissions this year.
However, the process has been marred by reports of political interference and demand of 33% share by vested interests.
The buildings constructed by the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) in Vashi, Nerul, Seawoods and other areas are in a poor state.
They are among the 92 structures in the city that have been declared dangerous by the NMMC. There are hundreds of such buildings.
With the state allotting 2.5 floor space index (FSI) for redevelopment of Cidco-constructed dilapidated buildings, the stage is set for a large-scale redevelopment projects in Navi Mumbai.
An NMMC source said the NMMC has begun verifying the applications.
“While the formalities for submission of documents for redevelopment have been completed for eight buildings, the process is on for the rest,” said the source.
The source said building permissions are expected to be given soon. “The projects will not only help the NMMC earn Rs60 crore, but will also help increase property tax revenue.”
Some corporators claimed that developers are facing hurdles and that 33% is being demanded from them by some powerful sections.
A corporator said: “There is going to be a lot of political interference in the projects.” He said some politicians have turned developers while some are mediators between residents and developers so there is going to be a lot of pressure tactics.
A housing society officebearer, whose building is up for redevelopment, said: “Residents are being lured with promise of bigger houses. However, there is no clarity on how much additional space will be given.”
He added, “In a housing society with over 250 flats that is going for redevelopment, the residents have not been told how much area they will get after redevelopment. They are being pressurised into accepting the proposal. They have begun a signature campaign.”