MUMBAI: A new cluster development policy for Mumbai and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) in the next three months has been proposed by CM Devendra Fadnavis in a vision document he has prepared for the city and Maharashtra, reports Clara Lewis.
The Dharavi redevelopment scheme is to be reinitiated, and execution will begin within six months. The CM also considers housing a top priority and wants to create 20 lakh new homes in MMR over five years and decentralize financial activities from Mumbai to the MMR.
In addition, he has plans to revive and restore the Mithi river on the lines of the Sabarmati Katha.
Fadnavis has appointed a special officer, who is not from the bureaucracy, to strategize and implement this vision. The officer is part of the chief minister's office.
Sources said work has already begun on addressing the issue of police housing in the city. "Of the 27,000 houses for policemen, 7,000 are habitable while 20,000 are in a dilapidated condition. Further, there is a need to provide housing for the rest of the police force that lives in terrible conditions in the city or in the distant suburbs. We are already in discussion with the police force on their needs and how they can be met," sources said. Apart from decentralizing financial activities from the city to the MMR, the CM plans to address the issue of intra-state migration to Mumbai by developing cities and towns in other regions of the state. He wants a Mumbai-MMR development master plan with an emphasis on housing, education, marketplace, health, transport, security, solid waste management, environment and open spaces development. The previous government, along with the BMC, had already begun preparing a master plan for Mumbai under the Urban Renewal Scheme. The BMC's development plan was to be a part of the master plan.
Along with the coastal road and the transharbour link, Fadnavis is keen to develop east-west corridors such as the Goregaon-Mulund Link Road. He wants to bring down daily travel time by at least an hour and integrate all transport systems, leading to single ticket access across MMR, states the vision document.
While the Congress-led Democratic Front government had appointed the Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (MHADA) to redevelop Sector 5 of Dharavi for which the master plan has already been prepared, sources indicated the BJP government may go in for public-private partnership.