Bengaluru: Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said that the government may take over land of five private trusts, who are some of the biggest land owners in Mumbai, to implement slum rehabilitation schemes in case they don’t allow it themselves.

Slum rehabilitation schemes, implemented by the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA), are used to rehabilitate slum dwellers and thereby help in freeing up encroached land.

In a review meeting at SRA, Fadnavis said large tracts of privately owned land owned by FE Dinshaw Trust, AH Wadia Trust, Jeejeebhoy Behramji Trust, VK Lad trust and Mohammed Yusuf Trust, which are encroached upon by slum dwellers should promptly take up rehabilitation schemes.

But if these trusts are opposed to it, then the government will take over such land, he said.

Fadnavis also said that the 117 proposals for slum rehabilitation projects that are pending with BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) should be expedited.

In the Dharavi redevelopment project, where slum dwellers have asked for larger homes of 400 sq ft instead of the government-approved 300 sq ft, Fadnavis said that it will be considered.

However, slum dwellers will have to pay the per sq ft construction cost of the additional 100 sq ft.

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