Housing boost for suburbs with civic elections ahead
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.”