Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has a tough task at hand. Legislators from across parties have demanded that the redevelopment policy governing Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority’s (Mhada) societies be made viable for willing residents and builders, who are now shying away from such projects because of poor prospects of profitability.
In a meeting with the chief minister, representatives of the Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena, BJP and the MNS unanimously demanded that the redevelopment of 56 housing layouts be expedited. Redevelopment of these layouts is projected to earn Mhada one lakh affordable flats through its 2/3rd share.
As the meeting remained inconclusive, Chavan sought a week’s time to come out with a viable solution and action plan for taking action against erring builders and facilitating conveyance of properties.
MPs and legislators of the ruling Congress-NCP combine demanded that the housing board should get housing stock from builders instead of charging them a premium.
Either that, or the agency should take up the projects by itself. The Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party, however, said Mhada’s quality of construction is bad, its credibility low and as such, it should not take up any projects. Instead, it should allow builders to pay a premium instead of giving away flats, the parties said.
Chavan has already scrapped the provision that allowed builders to pay a premium instead of parting with flats. Earlier this week, the Sena led a rally to the Mhada office demanding that this rule be scrapped.
Congress legislator Baba Siddiqui sought flexibility in rules. “Ratio of sharing of flats could be changed according to feasibility of projects,” he told HT. He also wanted government to countercheck proxy builders’ illegal business of selling developing rights at astronomical prices.
Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam, who did not attend the meeting but met Chavan a day earlier, said that he was against Sena’s pro-builder proposal. “I want the Mhada to get affordable houses and builders should get only the construction cost for these flats.”