Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan admitted that as per a recent survey done by Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada), around 40% of the tenements made available for project-affected-people (PAPs) are illegally occupied.
Chavan was replying to an issue raised by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator Vidya Chavan in the Legislative Council on Wednesday. The NCP legislator questioned the illegal occupancies and demanded to know the steps the government would take to remove encroachers.
“As per the survey, there are around 18,300 tenements available, out of which 821 remain unoccupied. The survey forms include the details of each occupier such as their original address with proof of residence,” the CM said.
He added that around 14 officers have been appointed in October 2010 to lodge complaints against those staying illegally. Many homes are occupied for Rs3,000 per month in PAPs at Dharavi and Sahkar Nagar where two first information reports have been lodged.
Congress legislator Bhai Jagtap asked the government about the action they will take on officials who connive with the occupiers who get the homes. “ How can they get the keys to homes automatically or break homes unless officials are involved?” Jagtap questioned.
Chavan admitted ‘large scale malpractices’ in the allocation of the PAPs and promised immediate action. “ The Mhada officers who worked to allot tenements when the unauthorised ones were allotted will be suspended,” he said.
In many cases the government has observed that the original tenants have sold off their tenements or have rented out the allotted galas to someone else for a rent.
“In such cases, they will be considered as unauthorised and will not be rehabilitated,” Chavan said.