MHADA may adopt Dharavi fort to continue redevelopment project

May 10, 2014, 08:52 IST | Ranjeet Jadhav

The housing authority said it will restore Kala Killa under the ‘adopt a monument’ scheme so it can construct the second building of the redevelopment project

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.”

Centuries old
The Dharavi fort was built in the 17th century, using black stone; hence the name Kala Killa. It is currently in
a dilapidated condition.

About the project
MHADA, the nodal agency for the Dharavi Redevelopment Project, is developing Sector 5 on a pilot basis. They will be rehabilitating 358 slum families in the first 18-storey building. mid-day had reported earlier that MHADA is also seeking permission from the Ministry of Civil Aviation to construct the 18-storey building. As a part of the rehabilitation plan, Dharavi will have 300 sq ft apartments provided free of cost to the slum dwellers.

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