The over a century-old chawls are one of the largest cluster redevelopment projects led by the government in Asia.
To begin with, the first part of the project will start with redevelopment of 121 chawls spread over nearly 60 acres in Worli with around 10,000 residential units.
Worli has the maximum number of chawls out of 195 BDD chawls.
The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) has been appointed as the nodal agency for the entire project, while a consortium of Tata Projects and Capacite Infraprojects will undertake the Worli phase of the project that is expected to be completed in 3 years.
The Tata Group entity holds 65%, while Capacite has 35% stake in this consortium.
As per the estimates, the total redevelopment project cost at all three locations including Worli, Lower Parel and Dadar aggregates to Rs 17,000 crore.
On Sunday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and the NCP leader Sharad Pawar jointly laid the foundation stone of the project.
As per the plan for an entire township at Worli, a total of 33 redevelopment buildings with 40 floors each will be constructed and each of these buildings will have ground + 6 floors of podium parking. The project will also have separate buildings to include hospitals, hostels, schools and gymkhanas for the residents.
Maharashtra Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad has also promised to provide houses to police families living in BDD Chawl in Worli.
As part of the redevelopment project, residents of these chawls will get 500 sq ft houses for their existing 160 sq ft tenement. At Worli, MHADA has completed a survey of 14 buildings to assess the eligibility of tenants.
A similar survey is yet to start at Dadar, while assessment at 10 buildings out of total 32 at Lower Parel’s Delisle Road locality have been completed.
Initially used as jails in the British era, these buildings were later converted into housing units for the economically weaker sections in the 1920s.
To tackle the housing shortage in the backdrop of rising industrial activities in Mumbai, the Bombay Development Department (BDD) was set up by Sir George Lloyd, the then Governor of Bombay province.
He had designed a massive scheme for housing and development, under which these settlements were developed in the heart of the city.
The current redevelopment plan envisages redevelopment of 121 such buildings at Worli, 42 at Dadar’s Naigaon locality and 32 at Delisle Road locality of Lower Parel.
Total 12 buildings at Sewri will be out of this plan as the ownership is with the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) led by the union government.