NMMC gives nod to re­vamp 8 Cidco build­ings

A LONG WAIT Com­mit­tee ap­proves ap­pli­ca­tions of seven projects in Vashi and one in Nerul; 2,032 fam­i­lies will get big­ger and safer houses

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Af­ter years of wait­ing, res­i­dents of seven di­lap­i­dated Cidco-con­structed build­ings in Vashi and one in Nerul, have got the fi­nal go-ahead from the NMMC for the re­de­vel­op­ment of their build­ings.

A to­tal of 2,032 fam­i­lies of around 10,000 peo­ple liv­ing in these dan­ger­ous build­ings will ben­e­fit from the move.

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe held a meet­ing on Tues­day with the com­mit­tee mem­bers and re­port­edly took them to task.

A source said, “Mundhe asked the com­mit­tee not to de­lay peo­ple’s work over triv­ial is­sues and asked if they would take re­spon­si­bil­ity if any un­to­ward in­ci­dent took place. He then or­dered that de­ci­sion be taken on the ap­pli­ca­tions im­me­di­ately.”

The com­mit­tee ap­proved ap­pli­ca­tions of seven projects in Vashi and one in Nerul. The projects can start af­ter they get com­mence­ment cer­tifi­cate from NMMC.

The build­ings in Vashi had been de­clared el­i­gi­ble for re­con­struc­tion in Septem­ber last year, six months af­ter the gov­ern­ment is­sued a GR al­low­ing 2.5 FSI for re­de­vel­op­ment in Fe­bru­ary 2015. This had raised hopes among res­i­dents. How­ever, the fi­nal sanc­tion was stuck with al­le­ga­tions of po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence, court is­sues and also the de­ci­sion of the ex­pert com­mit­tee that was to take a call on the build­ings be­ing dan­ger­ous.

When Mundhe took over, there was re­newed hope among the res­i­dents.

The NMMC has de­clared 187 hous­ing so­ci­eties and other con­struc­tions as il­le­gal. The struc­tures have not got per­mis­sion for re­de­vel­op­ment even af­ter a year since the GR was is­sued.

The gov­ern­ment ap­pointed ex­pert com­mit­tee that in­cludes rep­re­sen­ta­tive of NMMC, Kokan Bha­van, CIDCO, tech­ni­cal ex­perts and headed by mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner has to give the re­de­vel­op­ment ap­proval to the build­ings be­fore con­struc­tion can start. All the pro­pos­als had been stuck for months.

Res­i­dents are happy over the de­ci­sion and now they will get big­ger and safer homes.

Chanda Pa­tre, a res­i­dent, said: “We will now get big­ger houses in­stead of the 350 sqft di­lap­i­dated flat we live in. The price of our flats will now soar as we will now live in mod­ern tow­ers with com­plete ameni­ties.”

An­other res­i­dent Rashida Jashani said: “We hope that we will soon get com­mence­ment cer­tifi­cate and the com­mis­sioner will speed up the rest of the process.”

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