Maharashtra govt plans to issue new bids for redevelopment of Dharavi; know details here
The previous government cancelled an earlier tender required for the project's 800-crore land acquisition in October 2020. According to officials, inviting new tenders will begin soon, and the developer who wins the tender will receive additional concessions.
The Maharashtra Cabinet decided to issue new tenders for the redevelopment of Dharavi on Wednesday. The previous government cancelled an earlier tender in October 2020, which was required for the project's 800-crore land acquisition. According to officials, the process of inviting new tenders will begin soon, and the developer who wins the tender will receive some additional concessions.
The redevelopment of Dharavi, Asia's largest slum covering 600 acres, is expected to transform Mumbai. It also takes on greater significance in light of the upcoming municipal elections in Mumbai.
The government intends to turn Dharavi into a residential area, eradicating the shanties. In 2018, they approved a proposal to redevelop their region as a single project, which was then floated as a single global tender. Even though the construction giant Seclink Technologies emerged as the highest bidder, backed by the royal families of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, the project could not take off.
After the Committee of Secretaries (CoS) suggested it in August 2020, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government decided to cancel the previous tender. The CoS proposal was based on the Advocate General's advice (AG). After floating the tender and receiving bids, the state government purchased 46 acres of land from the Indian Railways for Rs 800 crore and included it in the project; the AG then advised for new tenders. Following this, Seclink filed a complaint with the International Court of Arbitration in Geneva, challenging the Maharashtra government's decision to cancel the tendering process.
The government is now planning to expedite the redevelopment. In response to the project's delay, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stated earlier that the railway land was required. According to Fadnavis, the Dharavi redevelopment project, which will be the largest in Asia, will begin within the next three months.
The proposed Dharavi redevelopment project was estimated to cost around Rs 28000 crore.