The Dharavi Redevelopment Project Acquires 27-Acres Railway Land from RLDA

The Adani Dharavi Redevelopment project is one of the most significant projects undertaken by the Adani Group in recent years. The Adani Group had bagged the INR 5,069 crore contract to redevelop Dharavi, the largest slum in Asia. This is a huge milestone achievement by the Adani Group in revamping the slum areas in Maharashtra. This redevelopment project will improve the living standards of thousands of people who live under disastrous conditions in the Dharavi area.

The Recent Land Acquisition from RLDA:

The redevelopment operations on the Dharavi project started progressing with revamp works on the 27.6 acres of land acquired from the Railway Land Development Authority (RLDA) for modern housing and other facilities. Out of the total 45 acres of land acquired for the redevelopment project, 27.6 acres will be used to construct modern housing and recreational facilities for railway employees. Rehabilitation apartments will also be handed over to individuals who are eligible to be tenants in the Dharavi Area.

The RLDA has recently handed over a total land parcel of 27.6 acres, including scrapyard land to the Mahim railway station, to the Dharavi Redevelopment project. This was finalised on March 13, as per the document. DRP is a nodal agency of the Maharashtra state government. It is a collaboration between the Adani Group and the Maharashtra state government, which has been responsible for executing the project spread across 600 acres of land. The 600 acres of land is home to nearly 12 lakh people living in difficult conditions. 

After the completion of the Adani Dharavi redevelopment project, these people can completely change their lifestyle. They will no longer have to fight for basic amenities. They will also be able to find better employment opportunities and earn a living. 

Plans for Redevelopment:

The Deputy General Manager of RLDA, Sanjeev Jain, recently wrote a letter to the Deputy Chief Engineer of DRP about the revised layout plan for the development process. According to the letter, the vacant land and the encumbered areas under the slums part lands under abandoned buildings at the site will be handed over for the redevelopment project. The DRP officials have also confirmed that they have received possession of the land. 

The complex would include four multi-storey apartment blocks. Three of these four apartment blocks will be of 821 flats on 36 floors. These apartments will also come with modern amenities. A sport-cum-recreational complex and a contemporary admin building will also be built. 

The DRP has paid INR 1,000 crore to the railways for the possession of land. Another INR 2,800 crore will be handed over after 17 years. The DRP is currently working in collaboration with the Adani Group on this Dharavi development project. The 27.6 acres of land also includes 15 acres of encroached land with 5,000 tenants. In November 2022, the Adani Group won the bid for the Dharavi redevelopment project with an initial equity and investment of INR 5,069 crore.

The Initial Redevelopment Plan:

The Dharavi Redevelopment project initially commenced with the idea of offering flats to the residents of the Dharavi slum area. These flats were expected to have a 350 square feet area. Each flat would have an independent toilet and kitchen. The project operations started with a survey to identify eligible people for free homes. This step involved collecting data from the residents of Dharavi and performing an in-depth data analysis.

The Adani Group is already in the process of surveying them. It has also collaborated with the US design firm Sasaki and the Indian architect Hafeez Contractor to easily carry out the various proceedings of the Dharavi redevelopment project. Looking at the progress of the project operations, the project will surely be completed within a record time.


The Adani Dharavi project is one of the biggest projects undertaken by the Adani Group to bring about infrastructural development in India. In the upcoming years, we expect the Adani Group to take up similar projects leading to massive developments in India.

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