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Tenants' alternative to builder-led development

india Updated: Feb 10, 2007 00:42 IST
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Posing an alternative route to the builder-led redevelopment of Mumbai, tenants associations have proposed a path for self-development and have demanded government concessions for the effort.

In a statement, president of the Federation of Tenants Associations Manohar Samant said nearly a dozen such schemes covering tenants in slums as well as dilapidated buildings have been floated so far involving an investment of Rs 200 crore.

He said that over 1,500 public meetings of tenants associations had been held covering 7,000 old residential buildings in Mumbai, to wean the tenants away from the propaganda of builders.

In its memorandum to the Maharashtra government in respect of the new, proposed housing policy, the tenants group has suggested that the right to self-development by tenants of old and dilapidated buildings should be recognised.

"If the residents in such clusters do not come forward with a resolution for self-development within a year of the policy, the government should allow development of such dwellings by inviting tenders," says the memorandum.

The tenants' federation has also demanded that the government counter the move of property owners who have challenged the takeover of dilapidated buildings by the tenants under Chapter VIII-A of the Mhada Act. Under this section, the tenants can take over their building by paying 100 months rent to the owner.

"If the government defends the tenants countering property owners' move in the Supreme Court, it will facilitate the path towards self-development of lakhs of tenants who are living in 19,642 dilapidated buildings," Samant told HT.

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