Mumbai: Residents of old Chikhalwadi battle builder over chawl redevelopment – ET RealEstate

MUMBAI: The residents of Old Chikhalwadi, a prime 1.54 acre plot behind Bhatia Hospital in Tardeo, have written to state housing department and MHADA authorities requesting them not to give clearances to developer Shreepati Skies for redevelopment of the chawls.

The developer should first clear transit rent arrears of Rs 6 crore, pending for the last five years, and submit fresh written consent of 51 per cent of the 228 residents of the 12 chawls before it receives clearance, they have said.

In a letter to principal secretary, housing, and chief officer of Mumbai Building Repairs and Reconstruction Board (MBRRB), the tenants, waiting for the redevelopment project to take off for more than 10 years, have demanded that the authorities verify the claims of the developer that he has consent from more than 51 per cent of the residents.

The letter states that Shreepati Group of Companies had initiated the redevelopment of the 12 chawls in 1999, and in 2000, it had shown consent of 216 out of 228 tenants.

However, in 2002, the tenants were divided in two groups, and 85 tenants formed another society, called the June Chikhalwadi Rahiwashi Sangh (Samantar) and withdrew their consent.

In 2004, the developer took consent of the tenants again and claimed he had the requisite 70 per cent consent as per the new government resolution. However, both these consents were not scrutinised by MBRRB, said the letter by Suraj Shetty, one of the tenants.

“To add to this, the developer also added the consent of Manaji Block, which he claims he owns, and merged it with the consents of City Survey 309, which is illegal,” said Shetty, urging the MHADA authorities to verify whether the developer has requisite consent as per Section 79-A of Maharashtra Co-operative Housing Societies Act. Manaji Block is a 1000 square metre area adjacent to the Old Chikhalwadi chawls, which the developer claims he owns.

According to Shetty, the developer had falsely claimed that he had purchased the entire plot from the landlords Rathore family and misled the tenants to vacate their homes. In 2006-07, believing the developer’s claims, about 120 tenants vacated their homes and moved to an alternate accommodation provided by the developer and some began staying on rent. Till 2016-17, the developer was paying rent, but after he stopped paying, it became difficult for some residents to survive.

When the tenants approached MHADA authorities with their pleas, officials said the plot is acquired by MHADA and they should not have vacated their homes when the developer has not been given NOC by MBRRB.

According to the developer, the project was earlier under DCR 33 (7), and due to policy changes, when the area per tenant changed from 180 sq ft to 300 sq ft to 425 sq ft, the project was authorised under cluster development scheme under DCR 33 (9). The developer had also petitioned the urban development department to relax the condition of minimum road width for cluster development scheme from 18 m in DCPR 2034 to 12 m as per the old DCR.

Asked about demands made by the tenants, Rajendra Chaturvedi of Shreepati Group said, “I had a second meeting with a group of tenants and their solicitors today. The meeting was positive and conclusive. All issues have been sorted out.”

Asked about the road width issue, Chaturvedi said the issue has been cleared with the UD’s November 18 notification.



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Online registration process for MHADA houses in Pune division launched – ET RealEstate

MUMBAI: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Thursday launched the process of online application registration for the MHADA‘s 5,647 houses in Pune division. These residences will be built in Pune, Kolhapur, Sangli and Solapur, an official statement said.

“The work of providing houses to common people at affordable prices through the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) is on. Its schemes are receiving a good response due to the faith created in the minds of the people,” Pawar was quoted as saying in the statement.

“The lottery process is very transparent and no middleman has been appointed. Hence, common people should not fall prey to cheating by anyone,” he said.

State Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad, Minister of State for Housing Satej Patil and senior officials were present on the occasion.

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South Mumbai’s Bhendi Bazaar redevelopment project completes first phase – ET RealEstate

MUMBAI: India’s largest ever urban renewal project, the Bhendi Bazaar Redevelopment Project in South Mumbai, has completed the first phase of the total development that involves over 20,000 people across 250 dilapidated buildings.

In the first phase, the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust, which has undertaken the project on non-profit basis, has completed two high-rise super-structures with over 610 residences and 128 commercial outlets that have been rehabilitated in the last few months post lifting of the lockdown by the state government.

This is one of the first large redevelopment projects being executed under the state government’s cluster redevelopment policy announced in 2009.

“Residents had started to shift to the new premises a few months ago. However, the shifting process was put on hold given the announcement of lockdown following the Covid19 outbreak and was resumed once the regulations were relaxed,” said spokesperson of the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust.

The construction of both–36 storey and 41 storey– towers had started in 2016 and has been completed in 45 months.

“As per our aim to complete the entire project simultaneously and bring the people of Bhendi Bazaar back to their new homes and shops at the earliest. Work on other sectors is also progressing well. We plan to complete the entire next phase of the project by 2025,” he said.

The project will help decongest major parts of south Mumbai with wider roads and better infrastructure around Mohammed Ali Road, Pydhonie and Nagpada that are characterized by narrow lanes and high traffic during most parts of the day.

More than 80% of the buildings are old, worn-out and have been declared dilapidated unfit for living by the Maharashtra state housing body, MHADA. Some of the buildings and chawls are as old as 150 years that usually witness accidents during the monsoon.

“Being India’s largest cluster redevelopment project till date, the project offers hopes of better life for millions living in awful conditions, and provides a blueprint for other future urban renewal projects across the country,” said Qutub Mandviwala, master planner and architect of the project.

The redevelopment comprises 16.5 acres of land with more than 250 decrepit buildings, 3,200 families and 1,250 shops, all of which are incorporated into a sustainable development with 12 new buildings, wide roads, modern infrastructure, more open spaces and highly visible commercial areas.

Over 90% of the residents had been living as tenants for decades in old Bhendi Bazaar with no ownership rights and with the completion of the first phase, these 610 tenants are now given flats on ownership.



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Mhada buildings redevelopment proposed under cluster scheme, with bigger houses – ET RealEstate

MUMBAI: The state housing department (HD) has proposed that the redevelopment of Mhada buildings be carried out under cluster redevelopment scheme.

Cluster redevelopment is allowed under Development Control Regulation 33(9) and allows a maximum FSI of 4.

A larger area under cluster redevelopment allows residents bigger apartments. Mhada has 52 layouts here spread over several acres.

These areas have huge open spaces. Currently, redevelopment under DCR 33(5) allows single buildings in Mhada layouts to be redeveloped but this does not allow optimal planning and utilisation of space.

The HD has asked urban development department (UDD) to bring DCR 33(5) on par with DCR 33(9) to enable cluster redevelopment of Mhada layouts, offering bigger homes and better amenities. UDD officials said the proposal was being examined.

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