Govt to make space for af­ford­able homes on no-de­vel­op­ment plots

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ku­nal Puro­hit ku­nal.puro­hit@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The state gov­ern­ment has taken the first step to­wards open­ing up some no-de­vel­op­ment zones in the city — a mas­sive 18,000-odd hectares of un­tapped land mass — to cre­ate more space for af­ford­able hous­ing projects.

The no- de­vel­op­ment zones (NDZs) are spread across the city, in ar­eas such as Malad, Dahisar, Din­doshi and the east­ern sub­urbs of Mankhurd, Vikhroli and Nahur. The gov­ern­ment is eye­ing those cur­rently oc­cu­pied by slums.

The state hous­ing depart­ment has asked the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) to re­serve slum-oc­cu­pied NDZs and mark them as land to be used for cheap homes in the 2034 de­vel­op­ment plan that it is draft­ing. The Slum Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Author­ity will also sur­vey the num­ber of slums on th­ese lands and iden­tify those el­i­gi­ble for free homes.

The plots the gov­ern­ment plans to open up were marked in the 1991 de­vel­op­ment plan as NDZs — some of them be­cause they were eco­log­i­cally sen­si­tive, and oth­ers to be opened up in phases over the years.

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