The redevelopment of Cidco’s dangerous buildings was not as complex a problem as it was made out to be by the ruling party here. This is evident from the fact that the Sena-BJP government streamlined the matter in three months after assuming power in the state, said Shiv Sena leader Vijay Nahata during a function organised to handover letters granting in-principle approval to eight apartment associations in Vashi on Saturday.
He reiterated Sena’s commitment to residents of these apartments, saying, “Shiv Sena will firmly stand behind all the residents of eight apartment associations, who have been granted approval to undertake redevelopment of their dangerous structures. We are hearing that some sections are trying their level best to scuttle this positive development by using all kinds all of tactics.”
Last week, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) granted in-principle approval to eight apartment associations to undertake redevelopment. The civic body is expected to earn a revenue of Rs67 crore as development charges by giving the permits. Sena leader of opposition in NMMC, Vijay Choughule, who was present too, said, “Everyone is well aware why these projects could not take off all these years, but from now on Shiv Sena will support residents of these buildings. Our main aim is that occupants of such buildings must get bigger homes. It is an auspicious occasion as the birth of redevelopment in Navi Mumbai has taken place on Krishna Janmashtami.”
Vashi Sena corporator Kishore Patkar, who has led the fight for 2.5 FSI for such structures, said, “Some leaders are trying to derail the process for their own benefit. However, we will not let it happen.” He also introduced developers who will be undertaking the redevelopment.
Redevelopment of JN-type buildings in Vashi was stuck for 15 years as developers were unwilling since the projects were not economically-feasible for them with the available FSI. Most residents were shifted to other locations in Juinagar after the buildings constructed by Cidco were declared dangerous in a gap of 10 years.