The Maharashtra government will enact necessary laws, including provisions to penalise and cancel the contract, if builders fail to construct houses under the slum redevelopment authority (SRA) scheme in a time-bound programme, said minister for housing Prakash Mehta on Monday.
Responding to a calling-attention motion initiated by Mangal Prabhat Lodha of BJP, the minister said the builders will get three years to complete the project. They will have to initiate the necessary work within three months and ensure they meet the deadline.
Lodha cited the example of Nav Maharashtra Nagar Cooperative Housing Society. The society was given 37,061.80 sqm of government land at Tardeo under the slum redevelopment scheme in 1996. In 1999, the scheme was converted into the SRA. Mehta said the developer provided tenements to 2,112 slum dwellers, while 101 more tenements were built and will be given out soon. He said 121 slum dwellers were still living in transit houses and they will get their tenements as soon as the work is complete.
The minister said the government will not allow the developer to construct the third building, till it gives houses to the remaining 121 slum dwellers.
Mehta said 9,100 sqm area is reserved for the housing scheme for policemen. “We are sending reminders to Maharashtra State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation to submit their plan for housing. However, the government is yet to get a response,” he said.
The Opposition demanded action against the general manager of the corporation for not responding to the letters and reminders. “I will look into the matter and talk with the officials of the police housing corporation. We will ensure the government gets the required proposal and plan from the police housing corporation,” Mehta said.
Panel to coordinate with railway ministry:
* The state government will set up a committee to coordinate with the railway ministry for clearances on construction of overbridges on railway tracks in different areas in the state, said public works minister Chandrakant Patil
* Answering a question raised by Pratap Sarnaik of Shiv Sena, the minister said the government has sanctioned the monetary provision for widening an overbridge on the railway track near Kopri in Thane
* He said the state has sent the proposal, along with map to the railway ministry, for an approval. “Several such proposals are pending before the railway ministry and hence the government has decided to set up a committee that will regularly follow up the issue with the railway ministry,” he said.