Redevelopment breeding divisions among Mumbai residents

Mumbai is renowned as a melting pot of various groups, irrespective of class, caste and creed. But a new, disturbing form of disparity is now eating its way into citizens’ lives, especially in redeveloped buildings and townships. Several of these housing societies are imposing invisible divisions based on the size of the house owned and the length of the resident’s occupancy.

In the townships, owners of bigger flats are looking down upon those possessing smaller ones; in redeveloping buildings, older residents sneer at the flashy ways of their new neighbours. And the newer occupants always find it difficult to acclimatise to the conservative ways of the old lot. Miten Shah, resident of Bandra, previously stayed at Vashi, Navi Mumbai, where he found it difficult to adapt to the constant jibes passed by his neighbours.

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Self-redevelopment ‘trailblazer’ stuck

It was supposed to serve as a model for the rest of Mumbai. But the city’s first self-redevelopment project — the Ganesh Nagar ‘D’ co-operative housing society at Mahalaxmi — has been stuck for seven years now due to an alleged fraud in the transfer of development rights (TDR).

A total of 390 residents had taken it upon themselves to redevelop the housing society in 1998. With guidance from the slum rehabilitation society (SRS), they managed to raise a corpus fund of Rs27 lakh from among themselves to redevelop 3,800sqm of the plot by constructing three seven-storied buildings. They planned to raise another Rs5 crore through sale of the society’s TDR for 3,000sqm of the plot.

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Redevelopment of TNHB buildings caught in legal battle

Redevelopment plans for around 50 apartments, originally promoted by the Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) in areas like Besant Nagar, Adyar, Anna Nagar and Shanthi Colony, are stuck in legal battles. What’s worse, many apartment complexes have already been razed and the owners are staying in rented premises waiting to move into their new houses.
The dispute between the apartment owners and the TNHB is over a premium (10% cost of the extra floor space index – FSI is the ratio of land area to the builtup area) that the latter is demanding for issuing no-objection certificates (NOC) for the redevelopment.

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BMC pushes TDR in island city

A BMC proposal seeks to completely overhaul the transfer of development rights (TDR) policy to make it more equitable, in a move that is expected to have far-reaching repercussions on the city’s development plan.

In his plan which is to be submitted to the state government soon, BMC chief Subodh Kumar has proposed that TDR be allowed anywhere in the city , not be restricted to the suburbs . Its selective use in highend areas of the western suburbs has led to lopsided development, especially in the Bandra-Khar-Juhu belt.

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Dilapidated Buildings for redevelopment ?

Residents said they had been in the middle of a redevelopment-related dispute. “There has been pressure to vacate the building for redevelopment for many months. There was opposition from residents. In hindsight, it would have been better if people had moved out. This loss wouldn’t have happened,” said a resident, Vijeta Narvekar.

Civic officials said there was no option but to pull down the structure. “The building has weakened and it needs to be razed,” said divisional fire office Prabat Rahangdale.

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GPL to redevelop 18 residential buildings in Mumbai

Realty firm Godrej Properties (GPL) today said it will be redeveloping 18 residential buildings at Chembur in central suburban Mumbai.

Godrej Landmark Redevelopers (GLRPL), a subsidiary of Godrej Projects Development (GPDPL) will execute the project spread over 14,600 sq mt, which will offer around 600,000 sq ft of free saleable area, a company statement said.

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Majority wins battle for housing society’s redevelopment

The Bombay high court has set it in concrete: a decision for redevelopment taken by a housing society’s general body will prevail.

Brushing aside the objections raised by three members of Jaydeep Apartments Cooperative Housing Society in Borivli (W), Justice S J Vazifdar paved the way for the 27-year-old building’s redevelopment and ordered the dissenting three to vacate their flats by April 30, 2012.

The three had not attended the society’s general body meeting in which the redevelopment decision was taken.

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Consumer Voice

 Consumer VOICE

Voluntary Organization in Interest of Consumer Education-is the Voice of and for the consumers in every sense.

A voluntary action group, it consists of academicians, professionals and volunteers channelising their energies towards creating informed consumers.

It raises awareness in consumers not only about malpractices perpetuated in the market place, but also about her/his rights. Consumer VOICE aims at being the most powerful tool in the hands of the consumer to help them fight for value for their money.

Consumer awareness has become important because of the liberalizing economy.Consumers need guidance to make informed choice in the products and services available. They need protection against deficient services and products with timely information and intervention.

Consumer VOICE endeavors to provide all of the above to its growing fraternity of members.

Consumer VOICE was founded by teachers and students at the University of Delhi in the beginning of the academic year 1983-84. Till mid 1986, Consumer VOICE functioned as an unregistered voluntary consumer association.

On 28 June 1986, it was registered as a Public Charitable Trust with noted jurist, Justice (retd.) V.M. Tarkunde and Prof. P.K. Ghosh of the Delhi School of Economics as founder donors and Dr. Sri Ram Khanna and Mr Rajan Karanjawala as Trustees.

In 1988 the Dept of Company Affairs Govt. of India accorded recognition to Consumer VOICE under the MRTP Act. The trust has since been granted exemption under section 80-G of the Income Tax Act and, donations made to the Trust are exempt from Tax. However the organization does not accept donations from private enterprise in order to ensure objectivity, or from individuals except when the donor is genuinely committed to espouse the cause of consumer protection.

As one of its first consumer-rights initiative, VOICE filed a suit against the ‘Wills Made for Each Other’ tobacco campaign, as it was monopolistic and discriminated against consumers who did not smoke. VOICE also challenged television manufacturers which were selling colour television sets at a premium to consumers during the Asiad Games.

In 1997, VOICE started to publish Consumer VOICE, a bi-monthly magazine that focused on bringing consumers information on product performance. ‘Voltage Stabilisers’ were one of the first product tests to be published in Consumer VOICE magazine.

The publisher of Consumer VOICE magazine since 1999 it is currently working in close co-ordination with the Dept of Consumer Affairs, Govt of India, on a comparative product testing project. The project aims to test a wide range of products most commonly used by Indian consumers in NABL-accredited laboratories. The test results are then published in Consumer VOICE magazine.

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Consumer Education and Research Centre (CERC)

Consumer Education and Research Centre is the leading consumer rights organisation in India. CERC is a non profit, non government body, dedicated to the protection and promotion of consumer interests through active use of research, media, law, advocacy and information dissemination. CERC does not belong to any political party, nor does it subscribe to any political ideology.


CERC is recognised as a research institute by the Government of India and as a consumer organisation by the Government of Gujarat. The United Nations has recognised CERC as one of the approved non government organisations.

CERC’s goals

  • Ensure total consumer safety against unsafe products and services through education, research, awareness campaign and dissemination of the findings of the comparative testing of consumer products and product information.
  • Establish transparency and accountability of business and industry, including utility services and the public sector;
  • Resolve individual complaints;
  • Protect the environment
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