MUMBAI: Pointing out that many slums, especially on the coastline of Mumbai, were located on prime land, state housing minister Jitendra Awhad said he was of the view that rather than developers, SRA and Mhada should develop housing for the slumdwellers.
Once the rehab tenements for slumdwellers were ready, the rest of the land could be auctioned, he said.
“This is my view. It has not been placed before the cabinet. But if all the slum lands along the coast from Bandra to Badhwar Park could be developed in this manner then it will be profitable for entities like Mhada which currently lack money,” said Awhad.
Responding in jest, BJP leader Yogesh Sagar said, “If you start a scheme like this, your minister’s post could be in trouble. The cartels will target you.”
Awhad also gave an assurance that the government would not evict those who had received notices for selling their rehab houses before the lock-in period of 10 years was over. Awhad said the government was trying to get the period reduced to five years.
MUMBAI: The long-awaited redevelopment of the city’s BDD chawls finally got off the ground on Thursday. State housing board Mhada conducted a lottery to allot apartments to eligible tenants of the old, dilapidated structures in Lower Parel. Construction of the buildings is yet to begin though.
The entire project constitutes the largest resettlement undertaking in the country, given the sprawl of these old buildings in south Mumbai. This particular lottery was drawn for 272 tenants of the five-hectare BDD chawl plot at NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel. They have been granted transit accommodation until their structures are rebuilt.
A total of 2,560 residents live in 32 chawls in this location. So far, 607 tenants out of 800 living in 10 chawls have been deemed eligible for resettlement.
Their new homes will be 500 square feet in size with individual toilets. The current size of their 1RK accommodation is 150-160 sq ft.
Residents S Nandgaonkar and one Kesarkar became the first winners of the computerised draw and were felicitated at the event. Ministers Aaditya Thackeray and Aslam Shaikh, state housing minister Jitendra Awhad, mayor Kishori Pednekar and senior Mhada officers attended the draw that was held at the housing board headquarters in Bandra (East).
Thackeray said the redevelopment marked a milestone in the history of BDD chawls that have sheltered two or three generations of each family.
He said the construction would be of high quality and would be completed in a timely manner.
Awhad expressed the hope that the bhoomipujan of the resettlement would take place within 15-20 days. He said to TOI: “The project was delayed because people had lost faith in the government. They insisted that the allotment and flat details be embedded in their agreement and now their faith has been restored because we are doing so.”
Awhad said Mhada held the distinction of being the biggest landowner in the city. “Still, land stocks are fast depleting. Given the needs of the city’s population, we are bringing new provisions whereby Mhada can engage in joint ventures with private land bankers to develop low-cost housing for the public as our predecessors envisaged. Ideally, the plan is to develop a bank of 5,000 acres in the MMR region in the next five years,” he said.
He further said the historic BDD chawls are the oldest and largest settlements in the city. As a result, their redevelopment is the largest resettlement project in the country.
This lottery was to have been conducted in March 2020 but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
MUMBAI: The long awaited rehabilitation of the residents of the city’s BDD Chawl complexes finally gets off the ground on Thursday.
State housing board Mhada (Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority) will conduct a computer lottery this afternoon for tenants residing in the BDD chawls at NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel. This draw constitutes the first resettlement of the residents of this sprawling chawl complex.
The draw will be held at the housing board headquarters in Bandra (East). It will also be broadcast online at http://mhada.ucast.in
Mhada issued a statement saying, “A total of 272 tenants had been shifted to transit homes and a lottery will be held for these tenants.” State housing minister Jitendra Awhad, senior ministers Aaditya Thackeray, Aslam Shaikh as well as senior government officials and Mhada representatives will attend.
The lottery was to be conducted in March 2020 but was postponed owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
MUMBAI: Thirty flat buyers face eviction from their new homes while another 50 await possession of their flats as Mhada and developer Rajan Shirodkar slug it out over dues to be paid to the housing authority. Shirodkar, also a member of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, has blamed Mhada’s delay in granting permissions as the reason for not completing his housing project at Parel on time.
Shirodkar had taken up a tenanted building in Parel housing 142 tenants for redevelopment in 2002. He said the Congress government of Prithviraj Chauhan announced 300-square-foot free tenements to tenants in 2009, though the circular was issued only in 2015.
This, coupled with the refusal of 28 tenants who had taken up residence in Mhada transit camps to pay rent to the authority, had delayed the occupation certificate for the project. Mhada has raised a bill of Rs 3 crore (including rent, penalty and interest) and has refused to issue a no-objection certificate for the sale component.
The result is that 30 flat buyers in the sale building who had no option and occupied their flats are now facing eviction as the building does not have an OC. They were first promised possession in August 2016, then December 2016 and finally in May 2017.
The builder’s reasons have also not cut ice with the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), which was approached by seven flat buyers. It said the builder should have approached RERA for extension to complete the project.
“There is no fault on part of the complainants who have put their hard-earned money into booking the flats,” reads a RERA order.
In two recent orders, RERA directed the builder to form an association of the flat buyers and complete the project. In another order, it has directed Shirodkar to pay interest from May 1, 2017, to the actual date of possession.
“We have appealed to Mhada to reduce the amount and we are hopeful of a positive outcome,” he said. Dhananjay Daund, a flat buyer, said they are suffering for no fault of theirs. “Why must Mhada punish us for the developer’s lapses?” he asked.