Mumbai: BMC to finally provide basic amenities to MHADA colonies – ET RealEstate

MUMBAI: Bringing significant relief to residents of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) colonies, the BMC has finally taken over the task of providing garbage clearance, water connections, road repair and basic amenities to these societies.

These colonies were long deprived of the civic body’s facilities as Mhada has been designated an independent planning authority by the state government.

Addressing a press meet at Mhada’s Bandra headquarters on Tuesday, Vinod Ghosalkar, the head of its Mumbai Repair and Reconstruction Board, said that officials of both agencies had held a meeting and taken this decision.

Mayor Kishori Pednekar, MPs Arvind Sawant and Gajanan Kirtikar, apart from several MLAs and Mhada officials were present.

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Cash-strapped Bhopal civic body races against time to finish commercial projects – ET RealEstate

BHOPAL: Cash-strapped Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) is aiming at swift completion of its commercial projects. BMC Commissioner, K V S Chaudary reviewed progress of proposed project at Neelbad here on Monday

The project spread across 11 acres is expected to be completed by March 2022. Chaudary also reviewed progress of BMC initiated development in New Market and Bairagarh on Monday

BMC zone officers have been instructed to carry out regular inspection of construction works for all the commercial projects. Sources in BMC claim that phase I of development in New Market would be completed in the next three months.

Neelbadh project with development of shops and other amenities at the Panchayat Bhawan complex is pegged at around Rs 13 crore. Construction of 60 shops of 10×12 sq ft each on the roadside along with a haat bazaar and wellness facility is planned under this project.

The officials also reviewed proposed plan for construction of a shopping complex near vegetable market.

Temporary displacement of traders and other shopkeepers was also discussed. BMC revenue after construction of new premises in New Market is expected to increase its rental revenue five-fold, officials said.

In the meeting, construction of seven CNG plants was also discussed; some of BMC vehicles would be converted to CNG-run vehicles.



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Mumbai: Mulund’s Lok Rachana society flooded due to nullah diversion by builder – ET RealEstate

MUMBAI: Mulund’s Lok Rachna society was flooded with two feet of water as a nullah was diverted by a private builder next to the society. The BMC then stepped into action and had to bring in an excavator to demolish the wall constructed by the developer to allow the water to flow.

“There was major flooding at Lok Rachana Society in Mulund due to faulty approvals given by the BMC’s Storm Water Drain (SWD) department to an adjoining under construction project. All adjustment approvals given by the BMC are getting exposed just like the fire at Bhandup’s Sunrise Hospital. A disaster was averted due to timely action by Assistant Municipal Commissioner Kishor Gandhi of T ward,” said BJP MLA from Mulund, Mihir Kotecha.

“The builder had diverted the original drain. A sump and a bund was created to change the course of the drain. The water started overflowing into the Lok Rachna society. The SWD department had given some permissions for diversion of the nullah. We have neutralised the diversion for now and have called for a meeting to see what went wrong,” Gandhi said.

BMC officials said that due to the diversion of the nullah, the entire society was flooded and water level had risen upto two meters.

Ashish Saxena, Secretary of the Lok Rachna Federation said that there was 2 feet water in the compound. “We did not have any electricity for the whole day and the elevators were shut down since there was water in the elevator ducts. People could not move. There are 76 flats in the building that was cut off. Water had reached the staircase and the water level was rising. The BMC had issued notices to the builder to demolish the bund and sump but that was not done. The nullah was diverted just for months ago which led to the flooding in our society,”



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Mumbai: BIT chawls’ redevelopment stuck at Marine Lines for two years – ET RealEstate

MUMBAI: Redevelopment of a prime two-acre BMC plot at Marine Lines has been stuck for nearly two years while the civic body has done little to push for it. The plot which housed BIT (Bombay Improvement Trust) chawls was taken up for redevelopment nearly five years ago.

“We were to get new homes in eight years but so far our homes have been demolished and we are out without rent for two years,” said Savio D’Souza, a resident.

The 682 residents have been promised 405 sq feet carpet area residences.

Two years ago the developer, Valencia and Mishal Ventures Pvt Ltd, stopped paying rent to the residents. “We paid the tenants advance rent when the letter of intent was issued by BMC. In all we have paid Rs 90 crore in rent. The society committee needs to sign a tripartite agreement but committee members are making unreasonable demands,” said Shoaib Atik, the proprietor.

The matter is now before Bombay high court. In the petition, tenants accused BMC of being in cohorts with the developer forcing them to accept the transit accommodation.

Atik said the development agreement requires alternate accommodation to be provided and they have made it available in Kandivli. Chetan Gosia, chief promoter for Chandan Arc society, said they never agreed to alternate accommodation. “We were to be paid rent of Rs32,000 per month which the developer initially provided,” he said.

“For the tripartite agreement to be signed the developer needs to provide the committee with the registered individual agreements, receipts of stamp duty paid, Rs 4.2 lakh paid to the registrar’s office and architect’s letter,” said Gosia.

Sanjeev Jaiswal, additional municipal commissioner, said the civic body would soon call a meeting of tenants along with local representatives to decide if the residents want to continue with the developer or want BMC to appoint another one.

TIMES VIEW: This is another tragic case of perils of redevelopment in Mumbai. Lack of accountability and developer unable to stick to timeline has led to a major humanitarian crisis for thousands of stranded families. Errant builders get away as government has not cracked down on them. BIT chawl residents accused BMC of being hand-in-glove with the builder. Unless penalties are imposed and such builders prosecuted, tenants will continue to get shortchanged.



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