MUMBAI: The state government will sign an agreement with every tenant of BDD chawls before shifting them to transit camps. The agreements will specify building, floor and flat number for which the tenant will be eligible once redevelopment is complete, said housing minister Jitendra Awhad. He said all residing in the chawls as on January 1, 2021, will be eligible for free 500 sq ft housing.

Awhad visited N M Joshi Marg BDD chawl and met members of organisations representing residents of chawls. Residents blamed Mhada officials for not completing the survey and starting work.

At N M Joshi Marg, 275 families have been shifted to transit accommodation in buildings built by Mhada on mill land around 1.5km from their residences. These residents were shifted in June 2019, but redevelopment is yet to start.

“Mhada and collector’s office surveyed 10 buildings and around 800 tenants are to be shifted out. The shifting of other residents is yet to be done, and unless that is done, the buildings cannot be demolished and redevelopment cannot start,” said Krishnakant Nalge, chairman, N M Joshi Marg BDD Chawls Residents’ Association.

The government also decided to let PWD, which originally owned the chawls, and has previous records to conduct the eligibility survey. At Worli BDD chawls, an initial survey has been done but the eligibility list is yet to be put while at Naigaum, following continued opposition from some residents, the survey has not been done.

Nalge said the tenements they have been shifted to are self-contained and are spread over 225 sq ft, as against their tenement of 160 sq ft. “The buildings are new, construction is good and we have more space, but the government must expedite redevelopment,” he said.

Awhad said there will soon be an inauguration by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and NCP chief Sharad Pawar, and redevelopment will then commence.

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