Hous­ing boost for sub­urbs with civic elec­tions ahead

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Manasi Phadke and Naresh Ka­math

MUM­BAI: Close on the heels of the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) elec­tions, the Deven­dra Fad­navis-led govern­ment on Fri­day an­nounced a slew of pro­posed changes to the city’s devel­op­ment con­trol reg­u­la­tion, of­fer­ing a wind­fall for the sub­urbs, promis­ing to has­ten re­de­vel­op­ment of old build­ings.

In the first ma­jor po­lit­i­cal event be­fore the 2017 polls, chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis shared the stage with Shiv Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray, in one of Mum­bai’s largest sub­urbs, Ghatkopar, also hous­ing min­is­ter Prakash Me­hta’s con­stituency, and un­veiled a new ‘hous-

ing pol­icy.’ The an­nounce­ments catered to the re­de­vel­op­ment of old di­lap­i­dated build­ings in the sub­urbs, build­ings of the state hous­ing au­thor­ity, tran­sit camps and slums sprawled on key land of the Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Fad­navis said, “Mum­bai’s sub­urbs are rife with prob­lems,

but the most ma­jor one is that the com­mon man is scared about leav­ing his house [for re­de­vel­op­ment]. He fears that once he leaves his home, he will never get it back. But we are com­mit­ted to our prom­ise of giv­ing this com­mon man re­lief.”

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