Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said the Maharashtra Housing Area and Development Authority (MHADA) will redevelop the decades old BDD chawls in the megapolis.

The state government is close to a final decision on the modalities and a final cabinet note will be moved before the state Cabinet by the end of January, Fadnavis said. 

BDD chawl
Children play cricket. This space and freedom may slip out of their hands once buildings come up 

Replying to queries, he said that the government had held a competition for the architects and the building models selected have been scrutinised.

"All hurdles in the way of the redevelopment of the BDD chawls have been cleared. BDD chawl residents will be accommodated in the new redevelopment," the Chief Minister added.

"The government has held extensive debate on the contentious issues and a final decision will be taken soon in the state cabinet," he said.

BDD chawls are located in Central Mumbai. 

Meanwhile, when asked to comment upon alleged clean chit given to senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former state minister Chhagan Bhujbal by Minister for Cooperation Chandrakant Patil, Fadnavis clarified that no clean chit was given to Bhujbal.

Asked whether he had received any letter from senior Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut in this connection, the Chief Minister remarked that he has not received any such letter so far.

Replying to queries over reports appearing in a section of media that hardly two to four per cent of budgetary allocations have been spent so far by government departments, Fadnavis clarified that the reports were not true and so far the government has disbursed about 75 per cent of the allocations to the respective departments.