Ramesh Pawar, deputy municipal commissioner (Improvements) said the BMC owns a 75,000 sq feet plot at Worli of which 15,000 sq feet is encroached upon by slums. “We have carved out this encroached portion and on the vacant area we shall be building these PAP tenements to provide alternative accommodation to those affected by civic infrastructure,” he said.
The corporation has invited tenders worth Rs 175 crore for the construction of the tenements using ultra high power cement which will enable quick construction. “This is the latest technology available for the housing industry and it will ensure that the tenements are ready at the earliest,” said Pawar.
He said the developer will be paid in the form of Construction Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) for the construction cost. TDR is a form of currency created by the BMC that allows the developer to use the FSI granted by the BMC on another plot.
Advocate Godfrey Pimenta criticised the decision to build the PAPs on BMC land pointing out that the BMC as custodian of public property cannot simply give it away to developers. “There are PAP tenements available in slum redevelopment schemes. BMC must avail of them or purchase them from the market. Land is a very valuable commodity and the BMC already admits it does not have the financial werewithal to purchase land,” he said.
Meanwhile in another development, in order to increase the number of transit tenements for Slum Rehabilitation Schemes, the state urban development department has decided to calculate FSI on the gross plot area instead of the net plot area. The government will now not provide compensation for the setback area which is to be compulsorily given for road widening.