The Maharashtra government has kicked off the redevelopment process of BDD (Bombay Development Directorate) chawls in Mumbai. During the foundation stone-laying ceremony by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and NCP chief Sharad Pawar, on August 1, 2021, the government announced redevelopment of Worli’s nearly century-old BDD chawls in phases. The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA), will be the nodal agency for the redevelopment project.
This redevelopment will be one of Asia’s largest cluster redevelopment projects that is led by a state government, point out industry experts. To be developed in phases, Tata Projects Limited, Capicit’e Infraprojects Ltd and Citic Group Consortium, secured the Rs 11,744-crore order for redevelopment of the existing BDD chawls at Worli, Mumbai.
Reports suggest that according to the redevelopment plan for the 195 chawls on the 34.05 hectares of government land in Worli, eligible unit holders will be given 500 sq ft units free of cost on ownership basis. Housing units of 269 sq ft each will be given to slum dwellers.
The British had constructed the 207 BDD chawls around 1920, as low-cost housing for mill workers, dock workers, civic and other government employees. The BDD chawls are spread over 93 acres and comprise 207 ground-plus-three-storey buildings, having 16,557 flats measuring 160 sq ft.