MLAs support cluster approach for 'chawl' development

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Mumbai, Mar 28 (UNI) All Legislative Assembly members, cutting across party lines, have supported the new Housing Policy that envisages collective (cluster) development of old ''chawls'' in Mumbai.

A meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh was held in this regard. All the MLAs welcomed the Government's decision for cluster development and assured support for its implementation.

Minister for Public Works Chhagan Bhujbal, other concerned ministers, bureaucrats and legislators were present for the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said it has been the endeavour of the Government to make Mumbai a world class city.

For this purpose, old and dilapidated buildings in the city will have to be redeveloped on lines of the ''Cluster Approach'' adopted in other places like Hong Kong and Shanghai.

The ''Cluster Approach'' is necessary to reduce the burden on infrastructure in Mumbai. Old buildings will be developed and better amenities will be provided. Necessary changes will be made in policy after considering suggestions from various sections.

The Maharashtra Housing Development Authority (MHADA) made a presentation on the subject on the occasion.

Constructions after June 13, 1996, will not be considered and minimum 4000 sq mt plot is mandatory under the ''Cluster Approach'', an official release said here today.

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