The Dharavi revamp venture, which goals to remodel India’s largest slum into a luxurious township, is more likely to endure an enormous setback, because the state authorities is planning to scrap the prevailing tender, which was bagged by the United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based SecLink Know-how Company (STC), and float a contemporary tender.
The bold ₹28,000 crore Dharavi revamp venture, conceived 16 years in the past, is more likely to be delayed additional if the brand new tenders are floated.
The difficulty was mentioned on Thursday by the committee of secretaries (CoS), which supported the view offered by advocate normal (AG) Ashutosh Kumbhakoni in January. The AG mentioned that contemporary tenders wanted to be referred to as for as the prices of the railway land and rehabilitation was added later and never included within the authentic tender doc.
In February final yr, the tender to revamp the 601-acre venture was bagged by STC and funded by the UAE royal household. Nonetheless, the issue emerged in March when the state authorities led by Devendra Fadnavis acquired a 45-acre railway land for ₹800 crore. As this was not talked about within the tender, AG’s views have been sought on the event.
STC, which threatened to hunt a compensation of ₹2,299 crore from the state if it was not awarded the contract, nevertheless, took a U-turn. “We are going to respect the federal government’s choice and bid once more for the venture,” mentioned an STC spokesperson.
Dharavi residents are disillusioned over the plan to drift new bids.
“Now we have been proven goals of latest homes from the previous 16 years and now when the venture was about to begin, they added a brand new clause and derailed it,” mentioned Raju Korde, president, Dharavi Redevelopment Committee.
He mentioned the residents will strategy the courts, as that is intentionally being performed to deprive Dharavi residents of redevelopment.
Baburao Mane, who heads the Dharavi Bachao Andolan, says it’s uncertain if a brand new agency can bag the venture.
“What was the rationale behind not giving a inexperienced sign to SecLink, contemplating it had purchased within the cash and had the competency to execute the mega venture? Presently, nobody has this large capital to spend money on Dharavi,” mentioned Mane.
Mane’s fear is legit as STC had deposited ₹28,000 crore in an escrow account in Dubai and was ready for the inexperienced sign from the state.
The Dharavi revamp venture commenced on February 4, 2004, however has been marred with controversies, with one of many key points being the eligibility for the redeveloped flats, because it was discovered that majority of the current residents didn’t qualify for the brand new homes. The fixed flip-flops by the federal government have additionally pushed away many builders.
What’s the Dharavi revamp scheme
The bold Dharavi revamp venture which began on February 4, 2004, envisaged a luxurious township by architect Mukesh Mehta. The slum was divided into 5 sectors and it was determined to subject tenders concurrently for every sector. The state authorities shaped the Dharavi Redevelopment Authority (DRA) and in addition floated a world tender for all of the sectors in 2007. The response was excellent, as 101 corporations took half within the course of. Nonetheless, through the years, the venture saved languishing and eventually in 2011, the complete course of was cancelled. The identical yr, the Maharashtra Housing and Space Growth Authority (Mhada) was given Sector 5, whereas the tenders for the opposite sectors have been floated for this yr. In 2018, the sector plan was scrapped and it was determined to drift tenders for the complete space.
February 4, 2004 Dharavi Redevelopment Venture deliberate by the state authorities
June 1, 2007 World tenders for expression of curiosity invited for the Dharavi Venture. Nineteen consortiums chosen after due course of
March 2009 World slowdown forces 5 corporations to stroll out of the method, citing lack of readability and delay in implementation
July 7, 2009 Professional committee debunks the venture and passes antagonistic remarks towards its guide. The committee additionally calls the scheme a ‘subtle land seize
October 16, 2009 Of the 14 bidders, solely seven submit the memorandum of understanding (MoU) that they’ve signed with their overseas companions, leaving solely such contenders within the fray
October 16, 2009 BMC submits a preliminary survey report stating that 63% of the house seekers are discovered to be ineligible for the venture. The tasks endure a setback as 37% patrons will get new homes
February 2, 2010 A sub-committee of secretaries suggest for sector-wise redevelopment of Dharavi
June 11, 2010 Mhada submits proposal to the state, looking for to redevelop Sector 5 of Dharavi
Might 21, 2011 Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan clears the proposal
Nov 1, 2012 Residents drive Mhada to cancel the bhoomi pujan
Might 3, 2016 266 households transfer to new homes constructed by Mhada in Sector 5
July 31, 2016 Dharavi revamp fails to draw any bidder for the fourth time
June 2017 DRA comes with a proposal to kind 13 sub-clusters and float tenders for it
September 16, 2018 State decides to kind particular function car (SPV) and floats tenders for complete Dharavi
October 2018 State authorities revives the revamp plan and scraps the sector-wise revamp and places Dharavi as one unit. State broadcasts that it’ll turn out to be a companion within the redevelopment course of
January 2019 Two bidders— Seclink Know-how Company (STC) and Adani Infrastructure — are shortlisted for the venture
February 2019 The empowered committee of secretaries selects STC for the revamp
March 2019 MoU signed with railway land growth authority to obtain 45 acres of land
June 2019 As railway land is acquired, opinion sought from advocate normal on the standing of tender
January 2020 Advocate normal recommends retendering of the venture
August 2020: Committee of secretaries recommends cancellation of 2019 tender and issuance of latest ones.