Thane Residents To Soon Get Homes Under Cluster Development Scheme
Thane Municipal Corporation’s (TMC) the cluster development scheme may soon provide homes to more than 13 Lakh Thane residents. Thane will be the first city in the country to be redeveloped under the cluster scheme.
TMC prepared 43 urban renewal plans (URP), which aim to provide homes and employment in the neighbouring areas. Civic commissioner presented the 43 URPs before the politicians and the media.
The scheme aims at the all-round development of the city by increasing road network, open spaces, green zones and civic amenities. The first phase of the scheme, which includes the redevelopment of 43 URPs, will take around 15 years for implementation. The URPs have been planned, keeping in mind the city’s requirement till 2041. The work on the first cluster is slated to begin in October this year, after the monsoon.
Each URP will have commercial centres, city centres and community centres. The community centres will house the local small-time vendors in that area. Based on the expected population of the URPs, a study on the amenities required was conducted.
The reservations of coastal regulation zones (CRZ) or forest, which had hampered development, have also been addressed under the cluster scheme. The city’s resources such as lakes, creeks, monuments or historical settlements will also be restored.
The planning is done after studying several such successful clusters across the world. The city has around 5,903 hectares of developable land, of which 1,477.18 hectares (around 23 percent) will be developed in the first phase. Residents can get free homes up to 300 square feet and will have to pay if they want additional area.
The project also aims at creating equal housing stock in the city. Currently, the housing stock is concentrated mostly along the Ghodbunder area. The URPS will be published by March 20, following which citizens are invited to give suggestions and objections for a month.
The civic body will require enough housing stock to rehabilitate people while implementing the cluster development scheme. To provide these transit camps, the corporation has proposed to undertake housing projects. However, these affordable housing will take time for construction. The civic commissioner has now decided to approach the developers and real estate organisations.
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