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SRA may spread its wings to Thane district

The state government has appointed a study group to work on the possibility of forming Slum Rehabilitation Authorities in 15 civic bodies across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region

The Slum rehabilitation authority (SRA), which, of late, has become a sought-after state enterprise by developers, local leaders and the administration, is set to spread its wings in the adjoining Thane district in a big way.

The study group will look into the issues affecting slum dwellers in Thane district in detail, and submit a report to the government on whether an SRA body is required or not. File pic
The study group will look into the issues affecting slum dwellers in Thane district in detail, and submit a report to the government on whether an SRA body is required or not. File pic

Giving in to constant demands by the elected representatives, the state government has decided to appoint a nine-member study group to work on creating SRA for as many as seven municipal corporations and eight municipal councils from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) that is spread between Mumbai city to Virar, Bhiwandi, Ambernath and Nhava Sheva.

The principal secretary of the state housing department will be the coordinator of the study group, which comprises principal secretaries of the state forest and urban development departments, managing director of town planning body CIDCO, chief executive officer of MIDC, the municipal commissioner of Thane Municipal Corporation, and state director of town planning as its members.

Currently there are four SRAs, one each for Mumbai, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Nagpur. These bodies are limited to the areas under the respective civic authorities. The study group will now work on modalities for rehabilitation of slum dwellers living in MMR. After studying the issues of slum pockets in these regions, it will recommend whether an SRA for all the civic areas would be feasible or not.

Besides this, the group will also recommend whether it would be appropriate to give special powers to those civic bodies or setting up a special planning authority for the region. The committee is expected to submit its report by the end of this month.

Demand for SRA
The seven municipal corporations which want an SRA: Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivli, Bhiwandi-Nizampur, Vasai-Virar, Mira-Bhayander, Ulhasnagar. Apart from these, eight municipal councils have also asked for the body to be set up. These are: Panvel, Ambernath, Badlapur, Alibaug, Pen, Khopoli, Matheran, and Karjat.

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