Residents burn proposed Dharavi Redevelopment Plan documents

MUMBAI: Residents of Dharavi led by the Shiv Sena burnt copies of the Dharavi Redevelopment Plan outside Sion railway station on Sunday.

The state government has decided to undertake Dharavi’s redevelopment through the Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (MHADA) rather than through private developers. It plans to carry out redevelopment of the over 500 acre slum in phases. It has decided to take up sector V first as most of the land belongs to various government authorities and there is very little private land here.

Residents are demanding larger homes than the promised 300 sq feet and have therefore been opposing the redevelopment. Since Dharavi also houses several small manufacturing units, residents want their workplace to be part of the redevelopment scheme.

“It is a conspiracy to oust the old and poor residents and replace them with affluent people who work in the Bandra-Kurla complex which is a financial hub. The government is not interested in listening to our point of view and is thrusting down the redevelopment plan” said former Sena MLA Baburao Mane.

The residents are now planning a Dharavi bandh on April 9, said Mane.