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additional 3 lakh slum dwellers making them eligible for free rehabilitation But will the extension help in getting rid of Mumbai’s mammoth slum problem Will it make Mumbai slum free Slum activists urban planners and government officials are unanimous it won’t be of much help in achieving this goal In fact wary that the biggest beneficiary from the largesse will be slum redevelopment-driven real estate town planners and urban activists whom Newsline spoke to are concerned of the implications the move would have on Mumbai’s outstretched infrastructure The slum problem Official statistics reveal that every fifth person in Mumbai live in a slum household As per the provisional findings of the 2011 census about 5207 lakh people out of a total population of 121 crore reside in slums The Slum Rehabilitation Authority an idea born during the saffron regime in 1996 to get rid of Mumbai’s slum problem has been a dud thus far Under SRA slum dwellings conferred legitimacy are eligible for free rehabilitation in planned habitats The cut-off date was January 1 1995 previously It has now been extended to January 1 2000 Mumbai had around 40 lakh slum-dwellers in 1996 The idea behind the SRA was to rehabilitate all of them But in 18 years the SRA has managed to move barely 153 lakh slum-dwellers Only 99 out of the 1524 slum redevelopment projects have so far been completed Over 200 slum rehabilitation schemes approved are in the limbo These include projects where builders have entered into agreement with the squatters whereas another 1100 are under various stages of redevelopment Even going by the 1995 cut-off the number of eligible slum units was around 105 lakh Its extension to 2000 has increased this by another 3 lakh This means that over 135 lakh out of 27 lakh slum units – data is based on the 2010 household survey – has been granted legal cover Only four per cent of slum-dwellers eligible as per the 1995 slum cut-off date have been rehabilitated so far We look at reasons for the failure… Builder-centric approach Activists and urban planners feel a major reason behind SRA’s failure is the “government’s casual approach towards slums” Senior journalist Mahesh Vijapurkar who writes extensively on Mumbai’s slum problem feels that “instead of being seen as an issue Mumbai’s slum problem is seen as a tool to cater to needs of the real estate” Over the years the government has raised floor space index (FSI) to incentivise slum redevelopment for developers The FSI is a ratio of built-up area to the total area of the plot Under current rules a builder can utilise a minimum FSI of 3 for slum redevelopment projects in all areas that are not affected by coastal regulation zone norms This simply means that for a 1000 sq m plot the builder is allowed to construct a minimum of 3000 sqm Further in slums where the population density is high and the developer is unable to rehabilitate all the residents on the same plot he is allowed to utilise the additional built-up area made available on another plot further north in the suburbs This is facilitated by generating Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) certificates for the developer which are also tradeable It was this additional burden on the city’s infrastructure on account of the TDR which made the Bombay High Court pass an order restraining the state government from extending the slum cut off beyond 1995 While the government’s challenge to this restraint order is still pending with the Supreme Court the government managed to secure the state’s legislature nod to a bill for extending the slum cut off Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has said that the extension of cut off was a promise made by the DF alliance in its 2009 manifesto His government now maintains that the infrastructure in Mumbai has been sufficiently beefed up to cope with the resultant burden But even state functionaries concede that extension of cut off will not make Mumbai slum free “It is more to bring stalled redevelopment projects back on track” a senior government official said At a recent meeting senior SRA officials said a majority of stalled redevelopment projects were the ones where the percentage of ineligible slum-dwellers was over 50 per cent In fact slum activist Simpreet Singh feels “extension of cut off itself hampers effective implementation of slum redevelopment schemes” He added “Most slum colonies have a mix of eligible and ineligible residents The ineligible ones often oppose redevelopment plans of the other group Even before a developer emerges on the scene an internal conflict has already arisen By introducing a cut off the government is only creating an unhealthy contest among slum dwellers in a slum” Even Amita Bhide professor at the Centre for Urban Policy and Governance at the Tata Institute of Social Studies said that introducing a cut off is flawed “In a city where migrant and floating population is so high we cannot have only ownership driven housing In every slum at least 30 percent families are excluded from the Slum Rehabilitation Schemes because they are not eligible due to some reason or the other In such a scenario why cant the city have adequate rental housing This concept of extending cut-off dates repeatedly is merely a way for politicians to woo voters when they need to” she says Bhide feels “a more inclusive approach is the key to resolve the slum problem” A senior official acknowledged that the government is in a bind on how to handle cases of pre-2000 slum structures that were razed or declared ineligible for rehabilitation in an ongoing slum scheme At the ground level slum dwellers are apprehensive Fareed Hussain resident of Cheetah Camp the sprawling slum settlement in the Mankhurd-Mandala area said that while residents are happy that their houses will now be legally protected they are cynical about whether it will be implemented “SRA tends to overlook a very important aspect ie the height of structures SRA recognizes only the ground floor structure but 90 percent slums in Mumbai are at least ground plus one storey The BMC does not issue photo passes to residents of structures more than 14 feet in height but a ground plus one structure is at least 20 feet tall” said Hussain The nearby Maharashtra Nagar is one of the settlements largely affected by the recent decision as it has mainly come up between 1997-99 Free housing versus Rajiv Awaas Yojna Urban experts have denounced the idea of free housing Simpreet Singh of the Ghar Banao Ghar Bachao movement said that free housing should be stopped to prevent squatting in the first place “Rehabilitation tenements should be charged for if not at market price at least at lower rates” he said Former MHADA official and housing expert Chandrashekhar Prabhu said that such pre-election sops are doled out because of the slum dwellers’ greed to get free housing “Demolition of slums as a norm has become rare of the years Slum dwellers know that they enjoy protection from local politicians and are driven by the greed for free houses This can lead to a rise in the number of slums” he said The union government’s Rajiv Awas Yojna is being seen as a a possible alternative It seeks to provide housing to all slum dwellers without any cut-off dates at a price The state housing department is considering undertaking housing schemes and slum redevelopment under the RAY? other than to harden faultlines within the country, No wonder the caste-based identity politics gives the DU elections the feel of mainstream Indian politics, Ravi Landge.
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