Maharashtra government fails to find flats for legislators in south Mumbai, looks to Ghatkopar
The legislators who have refused to move to ‘far-off’ Ghatkopar may be given a monthly rent to vacate Manora Hostel at Nariman Point.mumbai Updated: Aug 14, 2017 00:53 IST
After its attempt to rent flats in South Mumbai for its legislators found no response from housing societies and developers, the state government plans to move them to the newly constructed flats for government employees at Ghatkopar. The legislators who have refused to move to ‘far-off’ Ghatkopar may be given a monthly rent to vacate Manora Hostel at Nariman Point.
After the ceiling slab in a room occupied by an MLA at the hostel collapsed two weeks ago, the state legislature had published an advertisement to rent 175 fully-furnished flats for the legislators. The legislature wants the legislators to vacate 338 rooms for the hostel’s makeover. But the advertisement has got no response from developers and societies.
A government official said, “We wanted 550 sqft flats, which were not available in South Mumbai. Secondly, they are very expensive. Most importantly, societies and developers are not easily willing to rent the flats to legislators for various reasons.”
“Manora hostel is in a bad condition. Unless the legislators are given temporary accommodation, we cannot ask them to vacate the hostel. We have now requested the government for an alternative arrangement,” said an official from the legislature.
Barring the ministers and four presiding officers of the legislature, the government needs about 325 flats to accommodate the legislators. With 203 rooms available at Akashwani and Colaba hostels, the government is falling short of about 125 flats. Legislators are given two flats each. The state has now decided to offer 400 sq ft one BHK flats at Ghatkopar as temporary accommodation to the MLAs. “We have 1,100 flats at Ghatkopar, of which 400 have been occupied by government employees. Except 80 MLAs from Mumbai, Thane and Pune, we have decided to accommodate other legislators at Akashwani and Colaba hostel. The second flat may be offered at Ghatkopar. The MLAs from the three cities may be given a compensation of around Rs50,000. I have visited the Ghatkopar flats, which are in a good condition,” public works department minister Chandrakant Patil told HT.
The legislators had demanded flats at various locations in South Mumbai, including Colaba, Cuffe Parade, Malabar Hill, Worli, Wadala and Dadar.