Mumbai’s BDD chawls, one of Asia’s largest slum clusters, is all set for a major facelift. The chawls, located in prime areas of the city, are being redeveloped by the honorable Chief Minister Devendra Gangadhar Rao Fadavis.
This is one of the most significant cluster redevelopment projects that a state government is leading in Asia. The redevelopment will also include new commercial and retail space, as well as parks and other amenities.
The BDD chawl redevelopment is a key part of efforts to redevelop Mumbai and make it a world-class city. The project is expected to be completed in the next few years.
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What is a Chawl?
A chawl is a type of housing space found in India that typically consists of one or two rooms with a long corridor and shared bathrooms and toilets. They are often found in urban areas and are often populated by low-income families. While chawls have regularly been associated with poverty and poor living conditions, they have also been praised for their close-knit community feel.
The BDD Chawl full form is the Bombay Development Directorate in Mumbai. These chawls were built in the early 19th century to house mill workers in the then-thriving textile industry. It was designed to be self-contained communities, with each chawl housing several hundred families.
The British had constructed the 207 BDD chawls around 1920, as low-cost housing for mill workers. However, with the declining fortunes of the textile industry in Mumbai, these chawls have been falling into ruin. To regenerate this area, the government has proposed a redevelopment plan that will see the chawls demolished and replaced with high-rise buildings.
Redevelopment of BDD chawl
The Maharashtra government has initiated the redevelopment process of the century-old Bombay Development Directorate (BDD) chawls in Mumbai. The move comes after years of delay and will see the reconstruction of the dilapidated buildings that house over 3,000 families.
On August 1, 2021, the government announced the redevelopment of Worli’s nearly century-old BDD chawls in phase two of its ambitious makeover plan for the city. The redevelopment will be undertaken by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) in collaboration with the state government’s Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA).
BDD Chawl Worli redevelopment plan
BBD chawl redevelopment will start in two phases. In the first phase conducting 23 buildings in plot B area will be redeveloped and in the second phase 19 buildings in Plot An area will be redeveloped.
The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority started with the Worli BDD Chawl redevelopment project by demolishing the first building. The Worli BDD chawls are among the oldest in Mumbai and have needed redevelopment for many years. The chawls are worn and do not have basic amenities like water and sanitation. The redevelopment project will not only provide residents with new homes but will also improve the infrastructure of the area.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is reportedly planning to redevelop the 195 chawls in the Worli area, according to a report. It has sent a request for proposal (RFP) to consultants, asking them to prepare a feasibility report and master plan for the redevelopment of the chawls.
The redevelopment of the Worli Chawls has been a long-pending demand of the residents. The BMC had first mooted the idea of redevelopment in 2007, but it was stuck due to a lack of funds.
On 1 Jan 2021, The Maharashtra government extended the eligibility of free housing in the BDD Chawl redevelopment project to people paying rent, as it seeks to fulfill its pre-election promise of providing affordable homes to all.
The lottery draw for BDD Chawl was for 272 units in February 2021. All the winners were decided by a computerized random number generator.
The state government has recently announced a new stamp duty and agreement fee for all property transactions in the BDD Chawls. The fee will be INR 1,000 per transaction. Generally, the stamp duty charge for property in Maharashtra is 5% of the total value of the property.
BDD Chawl redevelopment eligibility forms
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has set up an online process form for people to apply for the redevelopment of their residential buildings. To download the form, simply go to the MHADA website and click on the “BDD Chawl redevelopment” link. Then, click on the “eligibility form” link and the form will be downloaded to your computer.
BDD Chawl redevelopment sample flat
The BDD chawl redevelopment is an ambitious project. The example of a flat is around the 500 sq ft house is thrice times the existing BDD chawl unit’s size
Once the BDD Chawl redevelopment project is completed, industry experts say that each unit will be worth around INR 2 crore. If you are planning on buying a property in the BDD chawl area, you should do so soon to get the best value for your investment.
BDD Chawl prices for police personnel
On the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, the Maharashtra government announced that it would be giving ownership of houses in the BDD Chawl complex to police personnel for INR 15 lakh. This is a significant development, as the BDD Chawl complex is one of the largest slums in Mumbai.
The government’s decision to give ownership of these homes to police personnel till Jan 1, 2021, will be eligible for getting a 500 sq ft. home on ownership factor where the construction will cost INR 15 lakh.
MHADA lottery of 206 houses of BDD Chawls Naigaon held
The MHADA lottery was conducted for 206 houses from the lucky draw at the BDD Chawls in Naigon. The MHADA lottery offers a chance for these families to own their own homes, and this year’s lottery was over-subscribed with many applicants applying for the 206 houses on offer. These houses from the lucky draw mainly from Police personnel from buildings 2B, 3B, and 4B.
In the most recent lottery, MHADA allotted flats in the upcoming tower to eligible tenants. The purpose of the lottery is to inform tenants about the location of their flats in the upcoming tower.
Written By:- Bizjunket