NMMC gets 15 pro­pos­als to re­de­velop di­lap­i­dated bldgs

BEN­E­FIT Projects will help civic body earn ` 60 cr, in­crease prop­erty tax rev­enue

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com A di­lap­i­dated build­ing at Sec­tor 10 in Vashi.

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.”


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