MMRC finalises Consultant for redevelopment of project-hit buildings

Mumbai: Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has finalised a consultant to recommend how redevelopment of buildings, which are getting affected in Girgaum-Kalbadevi due to the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz project, should happen.

“Work order will be issued to Catapult Realty Consultant, which has been picked up from among three firms, on Friday. The firm will be submitting its report within four months from the date of its appointment,” said sources in MMRC, adding that the contract was of Rs45 lakh.

The consultant will examine the existing rules and regulations pertaining to redevelopment of buildings. It will also recommend if there is any need for amending or modifying Development Control Regulations (DCR) for the benefit of project affected families.

There are a total of 26 buildings with 737 families that are getting affected due to the construction of Kalbadevi and Girgaum Metro stations on the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz corridor.

According to an official, the consultant is supposed to come up with alternatives on rehabilitation plan, to figure out if it is possible to house them in a single cluster or multiple clusters and the likely locations for rehabilitation.

The MMRC is likely to award bids worth Rs11,000 crore for the construction of Colaba-Bandra-Seepz underground Metro by September end. Technical evaluation of bids is likely to be through by mid-September, followed by awarding of work orders.

However, the construction on the underground project will commence only during the first quarter of 2016.