MHADA gets response from two renowned developers for Patra Chawl redevelopment project

The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) has received a response to its tender for the realization of the Patra Chawl housing redevelopment project in Goregoan, which dates back more than 13 years. According to an insider, two renowned developers – Relcon Infraprojects Ltd and Aluwalia contracts have expressed interest in this redevelopment project. Interestingly, if all goes according to plan, the appointment of one of the developers will be made, said one official, who declined to be named.

Relcon Infrastructure has completed some of the prestigious projects across the country. Some of the flagship projects include residential buildings and hostels for IIT Gandhinagar, the iconic MMRDA tower in Mumbai, the income tax headquarters in Ahmedabad, the trauma hospital for MCGM Mumbai, the airport runways from Surat, the Mumbai highways, the Wadala truck terminal, among others. Likewise, Aluwalia contracts – one of the leading construction companies with more than five decades of history. Some of the flagship projects that this company has executed include Mumbai Metro One Depot, SEBI office at BKC, India Bulls office at Parel, La Citadel residential building in Mumbai and other parts of the country.

According to MHADA officials, a technical review of the bids received will be carried out now and thereafter, a new process of appointment and contract award will take place.

The scope of work mainly includes investigation, planning, design, construction, structural restoration, obtaining all relevant permits, modifications and required certificate of completion / occupation from relevant local authorities on a basis lump sum to complete the rest of the rehabilitation work.

The Free Press Journal reported that MHADA launched the tender after Uddhav Thackeray’s government approved a decision in July, directing the agency to complete the rehabilitation part of the project as a priority and relocate chawl tenants who have been waiting for their homes since 2010.

Patra Chawl’s 47-acre redevelopment grabbed the headlines. The owners of the chawl left the property in 2007. In 2008, MHADA awarded Guru Ashish Developers, a subsidiary of HDIL, the contract to rehabilitate 672 tenants. However, the developer, Guruashish Constructions, went bankrupt in 2017 and the tenants were left without payment of transit rent. Construction work has also stopped. In addition, 306 housing units that the developer had to hand over to MHADA for distribution through its lottery system are also incomplete.

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Posted on: Thursday December 23, 2021 9:17 PM IST

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