Post pandemic, slum rehab top priority: Jitendra Awhad

“The government, after Covid-19, will have a changed mindset as far as health infrastructure in slums is concerned. Unless we rehabilitate slums and develop the entire health infrastructure in these places, we are not doing justice to common man i...

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Awhad has already urged Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to take steps to move ahead with the redevelopment of Dharavi spread over nearly 600 acres in the heart of the country’s financial capital.
Mumbai: After witnessing the calamitous impact of Covid-19 on Mumbai slums, the state government plans to expedite the long-pending rehabilitation projects for such areas like Dharavi in central Mumbai, Kamathipura in south Mumbai and Govandi in suburbs, said housing minister Jitendra Awhad.

“The government, after Covid-19, will have a changed mindset as far as health infrastructure in slums is concerned. Unless we rehabilitate slums and develop the entire health infrastructure in these places, we are not doing justice to common man in this city,” he said while on a video interaction with realty developers.

Awhad has already urged Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to take steps to move ahead with the redevelopment of Dharavi spread over nearly 600 acres in the heart of the country’s financial capital.

With its bid of over $1 billion, Seclink Technologies Corporation (STC), funded by the royal families of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, had emerged as the highest bidder for the project after the state government invited global bids in 2018. However, the project is yet to take off.

While referring to approvals related to slums and redevelopment of old MHADA buildings, the minister said certain concessions will have to be considered. Also, the government will put in efforts to provide such permissions in 30 days and, if not, at least provisional permission will be given.

“We need to work for restoring the ailing Mumbai. The city’s health infrastructure has collapsed,” he said while inviting developers and architects to join this initiative for the wellbeing of Mumbai where 60% of population lives in slums spread over 35% of land.

With over 1,500 positive Covid-19 cases in Dharavi, one of the dense slums, it is proving to be a key challenge for the state government in its battle against the outbreak.


Asking the Brihanmumbai Developers Association (BDA) to share a formal list of concessions and other requirements for facilitating the redevelopment process, he assured the government will respond within 15 days.

The government will reduce premiums that need to be paid by developers to authorities and also ensure the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) office will start functioning online in 8 days.
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