State mulls auctioning 93-acre prime Bandra plot for redevelopment
Women abandoned by their NRI husbands can soon look forward to help from the government. The government on Wednesday set up a three-member panel to formulate guidelines for providing safeguards to a growing number of victims left to fend for themselves.
Officials said the committee will comprise senior officials from the ministries of home affairs, external affairs and women and child development that will also revise the standard operating procedure for dealing with such cases.
During 2014, as many as 346 cases were registered with the NRI cell of the National Commission for Women, an autonomous body under the WCD ministry. Ministry officials said the number is minuscule given the enormity of the problem. “We have been getting huge number of complaints from women… abandoned by their NRI husbands and cases where their children have been taken away forcibly,” women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi told HT after a meeting with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. “We have decided to work on a common protocol to handle such cases and work with Indian missions in foreign countries to provide succour to such women.”
After successfully auctioning off land at BandraKurla Complex (BKC), the state government is now looking to redevelop a government colony spread across 93 acres in adjoining Bandra in a similar fashion.
The move to monetise the land could also bring the government revenue worth thousands of crores. Although officials are not willing to risk a particular figure at this stage, the government will earn anywhere from Rs20,000 crore to Rs40,000 crore, depending on the real estate market condition when the actual auction takes place. It also opens up premium land in the city for residential and commercial development. The colony is in Bandra (East), adjoining the commercial hub of BKC — one of the prime real estate areas in India.
The Public Works Department (PWD) is likely to bring this redevelopment proposal to the state cabinet for approval in the coming month.
The department expects to retain nearly half of the 93 acres after constructing government quarters for 5,000 staffers, besides building a high court precinct as a land bank, which is proposed to be sold.
“Earlier, proposals of developing the colony by handing it out to three developers in exchange of incentive Floor Space Index (FSI) was to fetch the government only Rs1,300 crore. This way, we will earn more than a minimal 10 times the price,” said a senior bureaucrat.
He said the government was also planning to hike FSI for the Bandra colony area to 4, to make the deal more commercially viable for the government.
The chief minister is keen on unlocking the maximum value of this land, instead of handing it over to private developers, as is the established practice.
The MMRDA has been successfully using its land bank in BKC to fund infrastructure projects. But officials admit the total quantum of earnings would depend on market conditions.