MHADA to redevelop Thane police colony, build 1,000 homes – ET RealEstate

MUMBAI: Maharashtra government on Tuesday cleared a long-pending proposal to redevelop dilapidated police colony at Vartak Nagar in Thane, and task MHADA to redevelop these 47-year-old buildings, and construct 1000 homes, some of which will be sold by MHADA in its lottery.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by state Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad in Mantralaya. Thane Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Sitaram Kunte, Principal Secretary, Housing SVR Srinivasan, and newly appointed MHADA Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Anil Diggikar were present at the meeting.

MHADA had created housing for different sections in the 1960s out of which 10 buildings were handed to Thane police in 1973 for housing its personnel. Some of these buildings were declared dangerous to live and were demolished. Police personnel and their families continue to live in other dilapidated structures. Some police families were moved out into a state rental housing scheme. The previous government had announced cleared a similar redevelopment proposal with 4 FSI, but it continued to be pending.

The existing buildings have 40 tenements of 474 sq ft carpet area for the middle-income group (MIG), 120 tenements of 365 sq ft area for the lower-income group (LIG), and 400 tenements of 160 sq ft area.

According to the proposal, the total area available for redevelopment would be 61,166.94 sq metres and 5.26 FSI could be applicable as per February 2009 government resolution for the project. If implemented with 5.26 FSI, the 120 low-income group tenements could get a larger carpet area of 484 sq ft, and 400 LIG tenements could 322 sq ft carpet area.

The proposal also said MHADA will construct 1000 homes and after handing over 560, the remaining tenements will be sold by MHADA through its lottery at prevailing market rates. Police personnel will be given priority in the lottery distribution, the proposal said. 30-storey towers are proposed to be built over a three year construction period.

MHADA will have to get environment clearance as the 10 buildings are located in three clusters, and two of the clusters have more than 20,000 sq ft developable area which requires mandatory environment clearance. It will also have to apply for a No Objection Certificate from the National Wildlife Board of India.




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MHADA provides roof to Bhanushali building residents – ET RealEstate

MUMBAI: After running from pillar to post, 21 families of Bhanushali building have been allowed to stay in the adjoining building at Tardeo until the allotted building’s repair work is completed.

On September 9, Mumbai Mirror published a report on the plight of these residents. After this, MHADA senior officers visited the spot for the first time, and instructed junior officers to speed up the repair work of the allotted building.

Haresh Chavda, one of the residents who had made representations to MHADA along with others, told Mumbai Mirror, “The electricity and water supply will be fixed in building number 10. We are allowed to stay there until building number 9 gets repaired. We thank Mumbai Mirror for highlighting our long-pending issues. Finally, we will have our own accommodations.”

Twenty-one families that survived the collapse of the Bhanushali building in Fort on July 16 didn’t have temporary accommodation as promised by MHADA until September 10. MHADA had claimed that they have all been assigned temporary accommodations but the residents were not allowed to stay there. Ten people died when a part of the 80-year-old building, which was due for redevelopment, fell during rains.

As per the survivors’ demands, MHADA soon gave them temporary accommodation in one of its buildings in Tardeo’s Chikhalwadi area. The allotment letters said they would be given flats in Building No 9 for a period of 12 months. As per MHADA rules, the families paid Rs 5,000 deposit and Rs 500 rent for two months.

They then received the allotment letters, MHADA officials told them there had been a mistake, and that they would be moving into building 10. On August 17, Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad, Shiv Sena’s South Mumbai MP Arvind Sawant and MHADA Mumbai Building Repairs and Redevelopment Board (MBRRB) chairman Vinod Ghosalkar handed over keys to the families

When some of the families moved into building 10, they were told to vacate the flats. The families had allotment letters, keys, but no place to stay. And they were getting increasingly desperate. They had cleaned the flat in building 10, bought drums to store water. People with children in the families shifted gas cylinder, suitcases full of clothes and everything to building No 10 already. They are relieved that they will not become homeless. The residents were worried because they could not request friends and relatives to allow them to stay for a longer period.

MBRRB chairperson Vinod Ghosalkar told Mumbai Mirror, “We will keep our word. We will not abandon the victims.”



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Maharashtra government to build 15,000 flats priced Rs 30 lakh in Goregaon – ET RealEstate

MUMBAI: Imagine a flat in Goregaon for Rs 30 lakh when an affordable home in Mumbai is priced at a minimum Rs 1 crore. The first-ever affordable housing scheme in the city under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY) is set to make this a reality.

“The bhoomipujan for the scheme will be held in October/November,” said housing minister Jitendra Awhad. Milind Mhaiskar, vice-president of Mhada which is the nodal agency, said the Centre is likely to give its nod for the scheme at the next meeting in August. “The plot is privately owned and is in an eco-sensitive zone. However, since all details were not available in the last meeting, it was deferred,” he said.

Flats in the scheme, which is entirely for the economically weaker section, will have an area of 300 sq feet, Mhaiskar added. The developer will be allowed a floor space index of 2.5 in a green zone. The 15,000 EWS units will comprise 50% of the project, while the balance will be for sale in the open market.

Sources said the 50:50 ratio is allowed by the government when it is a public-private partnership, where the land is often private. However, the land parcel must be more than 10 acres. The private developer can partner with any local authority. In case of Mumbai, it can be the BMC, MMRDA, SRA or even MHADA.
Maharashtra government to build 15,000 flats priced Rs 30 lakh in GoregaonIn March 2019, the state urban development department had modified the Development Control Regulations for the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Plan allowing the PMAY to be implemented in the periphery of urban local bodies. The BMC’s 2034 Development Plan has, however, split the green zones in the city into no- development zones and special development zones. The latter have been specially created for mass housing. In the SDZs, the developer is expected to provide any civic infrastructure.

When the PMAY was launched in 2015, the Maharashtra government had set a target of constructing 19 lakh low-cost houses by 2022. Of this, nearly 11 lakh homes have been proposed in MMR.



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