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Government changes law after 16 years; MHADA, BMC to get more share in defunct textile mill lands

Thursday, October 12, 2017
By Steffy Thevar

However, owners of most defunct textile mills  have sold out land pieces to private developers

After 16 long years, the state government has finally revised its 2001 decision and has allocated more share to BMC and MHADA of the defunct textile mills that are located in the pricey land pockets of the city. The BMC and MHADA would get a total of 33 per cent of the share in the defunct mills. However, with most mills sold out,  only 17 mills remain out of which four are private.

Back in 2001, when Vilasrao Deshmukh was the chief minister, the state government had made a provision to reserve 33 per cent of the open land in the mill area. However, now an overall 33 percentage of the defunct mills would be made available for the BMC and MHADA. At one point back in early 90's, textile mills provided livelihood to many youngsters who came to the city from all over the country. However in the late 1970's and 80's one after the other, the mills shut down and now these mills located in the city have developers keenly eyeing these plots.

In total, all the textile mills covered about 600 acres of land. 2001 saw them give  a huge share to the mill owners with mill labourers getting only 200 acres of land for house construction. The change in rule affected the labourers a lot and today this rule change has been delayed a lot. Due to the change in rule, MHADA lost over 50 per cent of the share in land.

The four private mills are Mukesh Mill Colaba, Swadeshi Mill Kurla, Khatau Mill Borivali and  Broadberry Mill Kalbadevi. The other mills owned by co-operative societies are Madhusudan Mill Worli (18.05 acres), Finlay Mill Lalbagh (10.40), Jam Mill Lalbagh (7.99), Sitaram Mill NM Joshi Marg (8.43), Indian United Mill Lalbagh (19.45), Apollo Mill NaM Joshi Marg (6.41), Gold Mohar Mill Dadar (7.5), New City Mill (6.70), Indian United Mill Ghodapdev (5,56), Tata Mill Dadar (28.27), Poddar Mill Naam Joshi Marg (6.10), Digvijay Mill Lalbaug (9.33).

The change in rule will provide about 60 acres of land that MHADA can use to build homes for mill workers while the BMC can decongest the crowded town area and carry ahead its development projects.

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