<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In Dharavi’s sector V, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) recently got approvals from the Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DRP) to construct two more buildings that can house 687 slum dwellers. The MHADA is currently constructing two buildings comprising 672 homes, which brings the figure to 1,359 total tenements that MHADA will be able to construct and rehabilitate in the coming year. The MHADA has already constructed around 358 homes in Dharavi’s sector V, of which 331 homes have been allotted. All these homes in this 22-storey building are 350 square foot in size. A week ago, MHADA got approvals from the DRP for constructing other buildings too. “These buildings will also be 22-storey high, and the FSI available is of four, but because of the area being in the funnel zone, we cannot go beyond a specific height and hence buildings are as high as 22-storey,” said S Kunnur, deputy executive engineer of MHADA’s Mumbai Board, which is developing sector V of Dharavi. Sector V has an area of around 153 acre and there are more than 9,700 shanties here. The MHADA is expecting that after the rehabilitation of all the slum dwellers, the housing body will be able to construct 8,000 homes that could be sold in open market. Dharavi is divided in five sectors, the remaining four sectors are further sub-divided in 12 sectors. The government has claimed that by next month they will be floating global tenders for the redevelopment of these sectors, as the previous tenders got no response. According to a senior MHADA official, “We have carried out a survey and found 9,700 slum dwellers eligible to be rehoused. There are some slum dwellers who aren’t eligible, these slum dwellers go in appeal and then the whole process gets stuck,” said the official.

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MHADA gets nod to build two new projects in Dharavi