Vashi building first in the city to get civic body’s nod for redevelopment
CIDCO STRUCTURE 35-year-old structure will be redeveloped under state govt’s scheme issued in Feb
The path to redevelopment of dilapidated City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco)-constructed buildings in the city is finally clear with a housing society in Vashi becoming the first building to get the permission for redevelopment under the new government notification. Akash Cooperative Housing Society in Vashi’s Sector 10 earlier this week received the commencement certificate (CC) from Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) and will be redeveloped under the new government notification issued in February.
Municipal commissioner Dinesh Waghmare said, “The municipal corporation will sanction approvals for redevelopment projects as we understand the hardships of the residents and want an early resolution to their problems.”
“Once all the requisite documents are submitted, we will not take much time to approve them. We will also appeal to Cidco to issue no-objection certificates (NOCs) to the apartments at the earliest, so that there is no delay,” said Waghmare.
Ashraf Kapdi, secretary of Akash Housing Society, said, “The process for redevelopment had begun much earlier, but could not progress quickly as some people had created hurdles along the way. Corporator Kishore Patkar came to our rescue and ensured that we got the requisite permission.”
He added, “We are grateful to Patkar, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, guardian minister Eknath Shinde and all those who have virtually given us a new lease of life.”
Shiv Sena corporator Kishore Patkar said, “The NMMC will earn crores of rupees in revenue from the project. It will earn Rs297 crore as development charges from Vashi’s Sector 9 itself. It is a win-win situation for all.”
The decision has given the 12,000-odd families residing in Cidco-constructed dilapidated buildings in Airoli, Ghansoli, Vashi, Sanpada and Nerul a ray of hope. Six months after the state government announced 2.5 FSI for redevelopment of dilapidated Cidco-constructed buildings in February, Vashi’s Shraddha, Kailash, Ekta, Jai Maharashtra, F-type, Avni and Panchratna housing societies, Akash Cooperative Housing Society in Vashi’s Sector 10, which received the commencement certificate from the civic body earlier this week. which house around 1,700 residents, submitted their application for redevelopment. Based on the documents they submitted, they have been given in-principle approvals by the town planning department in September.
“Around 12,000 families — more than 50,000 residents — will benefit from redevelopment. It will provide them new, modern and bigger houses. There will also be additional supply of houses for other residents. This sanction paves the way for all the others,” said Patkar.
The residents are elated. Rakesh Pawar a resident of Ekta Society, JN type bldg in Vashi’s Sector 9, said, “We will now get bigger houses instead of the 350 sqft dilapidated flat we presently live in. The price of our flats will now zoom, as we will now reside in modern towers with complete amenities.”