Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DRP) was conceived in 1995 by M M Consultants, Mumbai. It offers a a€oewin-wina€A solution whereby the Dharavi slum dwellers would be provided 225 sq ft free of cost flats in high rise buildings and selling the freed up land in the private market. For every 100 sq ft used to rehabilitate slum dwellers, the developer can sell another 133 sq ft in the market. DRP covers 144 ha of Dharavi where five sectors will be carved out. Each sector will be developed by one developer to ward off monopoly.
A joint venture between international and local development firms, DRP will give local residents who were voters as of 2001 the opportunity to host claim to a new house and life infrastructure. Sounds like a great concept because of the concern to native displacement that is softened as well the desire by the developers to encourage local fringe growth in an area (autonomous slum) that reversed what living "free" means. Now the dwellers will get free housing.
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