At least 400 sqft space for a residents of Dharavi: Uddhav

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Mumbai, Mar 12 (UNI) Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray today reiterated that the slum-dwellers of Dharavi, Asia's largest slum, where a huge redevelopment project would soon get underway, should get proper rehabilitation with atleast 400 sqare feet residential space for each household.

Addressing a meeting here this evening at Dharavi, he said that his party will take up their demands with the state government.

Mr Thackeray, alongwith other Shiv Sena leaders Manohar Joshi, Vinayak Raut and opposition leader in the Maharashtra Assembly Ramdas Kadam, highlighted the demands of the locals, that include a 400 square feet residential dwelling instead of the 300 square feet area that the government has decided and 14 feet height for all commercial structures in the area, once the redevelopment takes place.

The locals alleged that the development in the area was not being done in a transparent manner and most of the benefits were being given to the moneyed people and slumlords, who have been enjoying a considerable clout in the area.

Many other political parties, including the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Janata Dal, have also supported the demands of the locals and Shiv Sena has been raising the issue since the state government decided to redevelop the area in a sector wise manner in association with private developers.

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