The Maharashtra Chief Minister, Mr Prithviraj Chavan, has passed the order assigning redevelopment rights for sector five of Dharavi slum area here to the government-controlled Maharashtra Housing And Area Development Authority (MHADA).

Mr Chavan had announced this earlier in the Legislative Council in March, but the order was signed yesterday, official sources said.

Global tenders were invited to develop Dharavi, considered to be Asia's largest slum, but as no satisfactory bid came, the process would be scrapped, Mr Chavan had then said.

Dharavi Redevelopment Project Authority has been created to oversee the redevelopment of the area, spread over 212 hectares.

Sector five, allotted to MHADA, is spread across 21 hectares and involves rehabilitation of over 9,000 families.

Sources said MHADA plans to use FSI of 4, using 4.5 lakh sq meters of built-up area from the total available 10.5 lakh sq meters for rehabilitation of slum dwellers; the remaining area will be used to build affordable houses for outsiders.

The Chief Minister has also assured that the Government would consider rehabilitation of small-scale industries operating out of Dharavi.