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