After the construction of Dharavi Redevelopment Project’s (DRP) second building was stopped before it even began, as the Kala Killa stands within 100 metres of the site, the MHADA has finally made some headway.

In a proposal to the state Archaeological Department, the housing authority has offered to restore the fort. In return, the archaeological department has given its in-principle approval to start work on the building.

Dharavi Fort
In need of repair: MHADA has offered to restore the fort

A MHADA official said, “We wanted to start the construction of the building at Sector 5, but were told that since the Dharavi fort is within 100 metres, we will have to take permission from the archaeological department. When we approached them, they said that they will give permission provided we also restore the fort under the ‘adopt a monument’ scheme. We have sent the proposal and expect to start the work soon. Once the restoration work of the fort is over, we’ll start the second building.”

Sanjay Patil, director of Maharashtra Archaeological Department, said, “MHADA had approached us for an NOC so that they could start the construction work of their second building. Our talks are currently in progress. We have suggested that they adopt the fort under the ‘adopt a monument’ scheme so that tourists can visit it.”