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MUMBAI: Work has started on construction of transit buildings at Worli for BDD Chawl residents, kickstarting one of the city’s largest redevelopment projects in central Mumbai. These are being constructed on open spaces within the BDD chawl complex.

“The proposal is to construct three transit buildings. About a month ago, work started on two buildings and these will be ready in the next two years,” said a Mhada official.

The Worli BDD chawls comprise 121 chawls with 9,680 tenants. So far Mhada has carried out the survey for eligibility in 14 chawls. In phase I, the Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (MHADA), the nodal authority for redeveloping BDD chawls, will be shifting 1,120 tenants.

While Mhada has 1,816 tenements at the Bombay Dyeing and Srinivas Mills compound in central Mumbai, these have been taken over by BMC for a Covid care centre. Mhada officials said these are likely to be returned in January.

Unlike in Naigaum, Dadar, where there has been strong opposition to the redevelopment of the chawls, at Worli and N M Joshi Marg, tenants have been cooperating with the authorities. The state government has promised 500-sqft carpet homes to those eligible .

At N M Joshi Marg, which comprises 32 chawls, the survey has been completed in 10 chawls and 273 have already been given transit accommodation. “Around 800 tenants are to be shifted and so far 607 have been found eligible. Work to confirm eligibility of the others is in process,” said the official.

The Worli redevelopment will result in 4,000 saleable flats for middle- and high- income groups.



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