Maha okays reconstruction of buildings built upto 1969
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Last Updated: Friday, July 23, 2010, 00:10
Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Thursday approved reconstruction of all the 19,600 old buildings constructed upto 1969 here.

The announcement in this regard was made in the Legislative Council here today by Chavan while replying to a discussion on Mumbai.

"We are allowing reconstruction of all the old buildings upto 1969 by changing old laws which would pave way for reconstruction of 19,600 buildings on the island city," he said.

The Government has removed reconstruction condition based on categories of years, he said.

The categories were, A for the buildings built upto 1940, B for buildings between 1940 to 1950 and C for 1950-1970, he said.

On regularising slums in the city, Chavan said the state policy is clear that the slums till 2000 should be regularised and the matter is pending before the Supreme Court.

The Court had already approved dateline upto 1995.

"We would pursue the matter in the court and if necessary amend the existing Acts by consulting the Advocate General and also within the framework of the court's order," Chavan said.

He also announced audit of lands every two year and satellite mapping of the lands.

The officials concerned would be held responsible for any encroachment on the lands and the Government has introduced bio-metric system for slum dwellers to curb the encroachments, he said.

The Chief Minister has also written to the Prime Minister over removing encroachments on the lands of the Central Government.

He has suggested Centre to implement Slum Rehabilitation Scheme on the lands similar to the state Government for curbing the slums.

Shavian refuted allegations by the opposition members that Municipal Corporation of Mumbai is not favoured by the State Government and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has given more powers for building the city's infrastructure.

The MMRDA is not a competitor of the BMC but the supportive agency to build infrastructure in the city, he said.

The Government has never differentiated between them while providing funds for the infrastructural works, the Chief Minister said.

The works of Rs 1,09,687 crore are going on in the city under the MMRDA including metro rail, monorail, skywalks and flyovers while BMC has budget deficit of Rs 6,000 crore.


First Published: Friday, July 23, 2010, 00:10

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