Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has undertaken an ambitious 33.5-km Metro-3 project running underground from Colaba to Seepz. This corridor will carry 13 to 16 lakh commuters daily. While implementing the project about 1750 huts and about 28 buildings on private lands along with 777 families will be affected. This includes 650 families residing in 26 buildings that will be affected by the construction of Girgaum and Kalbadevi stations. It’s a misapprehension that thousands of buildings will be demolished and the residents will be shifted elsewhere for the construction of Girgaum and Kalabadevi stations.
The rehabilitation policy for the Metro-3 project affected families is thus – All the slums affected by Metro-3 project will be rehabilitated in the alternative tenements as per the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) policy.
All the residents of the affected buildings on private lands, including Girgaum and Kalabadevi, will be rehabilitated in the same area as per the redevelopment parameters as specified in the Development Control Regulations.
A rehabilitation/redevelopment plan prepared by experts will be discussed with the affected families and thereafter the same will be implemented on approval of the State Government. Until the finalization of the plan rehabilitating affected families in the same area, neither any one will be displaced nor will any building be demolished. The benefits of rehabilitation in the same area will be afforded to the landlord as also the tenant depending upon their entitlement. The stand taken in this regard by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation has been made clear during the public consultations held.
The MMRC, through this Public Notice, appeals all concerned not to rely on rumours and contact MMRC officials for authentic information.
(Mrs.Ashwini Bhide, IAS)
Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation