Cash for PAP to speed up in­fra­struc­ture projects

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - Sa­gar Pil­lai

MUM­BAI: To pave the way for ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects stuck for want of land in the city, the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) re­cently sanc­tioned the mone­tary com­pen­sa­tion pol­icy through which it can of­fer a one-time re­lief pack­age to the project af­fected people (PAP).

So far, PAP were asked to move out of their houses or shops to al­ter­nate ac­com­mo­da­tion or mar­kets pro­vided to them by BMC. With the im­ple­men­ta­tion of this pol­icy, PAP can now opt for cash com­pen­sa­tion and hand over their space to the BMC with­out wast­ing time.

Although the pol­icy was sanc­tioned by the gen­eral body of BMC in Septem­ber last year and was sup­posed to be im­ple­mented by next month, it got civic chief Ajoy Me­hta’s nod in Jan­uaryend. The new pol­icy ex­tends non­slum com­mer­cial struc­tures (es­tab­lish­ments that have not been de­clared a slum) com­pen­sa­tion equal to 100% of the ready reck­oner rate of the struc­ture. Com­mer­cial slum struc­tures will get 75% of the ready reck­oner rate.

The pol­icy is be­ing seen as a step to­wards speed­ing up in­fra projects such as the Gore­gaon Mu­lund Link Road (GMLR), wi­den­ing of Lal Ba­hadur Shas­tri Marg (LBS), con­struc­tion of sev­eral project roads, etc, by eas­ing the land ac­qui­si­tion process.

Im­ple­men­ta­tion of sev­eral ma­jor in­fra projects of­ten face op­po­si­tion from PAP. A se­nior civic of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity, said the pol­icy will en­sure PAP get re­im­bursed im­me­di­ately af­ter their struc­ture is de­mol­ished.

“From a sim­ple road wi­den­ing project to multi-crore projects like GMLR, this pol­icy will be a game-changer. It man­dates that the af­fected PAP will get re­im­bursed im­me­di­ately af­ter their struc­ture is razed.”

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