‘I am proud to own a Mhada house’
The Marathi actor and poet won a flat in Malvani under the artist quota after four previous unsuccessful attempts. Joshi said he had complete faith in the transparency of the Mhada lottery system. “I did not want to go to any politician for a house. I am proud to own a Mhada house, like a common man,” said Joshi, who currently stays in a rented house in Goregaon.
“This is the first house I will own. My daughter’s birth has been very lucky for me,” said the actor, who believes the Mumbai police should also be given Mhada flats. “Policemen work harder for us while we enjoy festivals. I strongly feel that they should have a provision for policemen to own Mhada flats.”
‘I will live in a house of my own now’
Naik had to take permission from her doctor to visit the Mhada venue and check the results as she was admitted to a hospital in Kalwa four days ago for heart-related problems. Her son Ramesh, who lost both his legs in a train accident 15 years ago, won the lottery under the handicapped quota in Gaikwad Nagar, Malvani. “I have been dreaming of owning a house for more than 50 years. This is the first time we applied for a Mhada flat and God has been kind,” she said.
The senior citizen has been living in a rented house in Dombivli with her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter for years. “I told my daughter-in-law that we won a flat but she could not believe it as no one from my home knew I would leave the hospital to check the result” she laughed.
“This is the first time I will live in a house of my own. My son is a tailor and works hard. We will take loan to buy the flat in Malad,” Naik said.
‘I won’t have to travel six hours a day now’
A Mhada staffer since the past three years, Patil leaves his house in Pen, Raigad, at 6 am everyday to get his office in Bandra. “I want to live with my family but we could not afford a house in Mumbai. Now, I can bring them here and live peacefully with them,” said Patil, who will now own a flat in Malvani.
He is thrilled at the prospect of being able to spend more time with his family. “I have been travelling for six hours a day for three years. I could hardly devote any time to my family, but now the situation will change,” he said. This was the first time Patil applied for a Mhada flat, and he won it under the category reserved for Mhada employees.