On May 18, the Mumbai Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) will announce results for a lottery for 3,449 houses, bid on by 3.28 lakh people.
But things wouldn’t be pleasant if you are one of the 1,111 people who will get an equal number of houses at Turbhe (Mandale), Mankhurd, as MHADA does not expect regular water supply to these houses before December 2011.
“The BMC has told us there will be improper water supply at Turbhe in Mankhurd until December 2011. However, we are in constant touch with them to improve the system once people start living there,” said Satish Bhide, chief officer, MHADA Mumbai Board.
The BMC supplies 2,900 million litres daily (MLD) (with the 15 per cent daily water cut), against a demand of 4,200 MLD.
This means the people who win a house in either the Economical Weaker Section (EWS) or Low-Income Group (LIG) categories will have to make their own arrangements for water.
Currently, 1,018 EWS houses measuring 180 sq ft each, and 93 LIG houses measuring 320 sq ft each are empty.
“We cannot promise to have water tankers daily, but the people can surely approach the BMC and ask them to improve supply once they start living there. Also, we are in touch with the BMC and are hoping for a good monsoon,” Bhide added.
Each tanker has a capacity of 12,000 litres.
MHADA does not want to delay the process of allotting houses in Turbhe after the lottery is conducted as it feels it will affect market rates.
“Water shortage is common in Mumbai. So it won’t be feasible to stop allotting houses at Turbhe because they will get proper supply only by December 2011,” he said.
The BMC expects water supply there to stabilise by December 2010 in the monsoon reaches the city on time. “MHADA buildings in Mumbai will face the same problem as other buildings in the city,” said Manjit Singh Manhas, chairman, MHADA.
MHADA has also made changes in the post-lottery system. While it hasn’t changed the software — which during the previous year’s lottery had failed to clear cheques of all those who didn’t get a house — this time it is confident the funds will be credited back within three days.
“We’ve asked the IT secretary, IIT professors and Tata Consultancy Services to oversee the process of refunding money after the lottery,” added Manhas.