Maharashtra promises 9 lakh low-cost houses in 5 years

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 31, 2015 19:26 IST

The Maharashtra government on Monday announced an ambitious plan to build nine lakh low-cost homes in Mumbai over the next five years.

It also promised additional floor space index (FSI) for the redevelopment of cessed buildings over the same period.

The state has set the target of 18 lakh houses till 2022.

Housing minister Prakash Mehta told the Assembly on Monday that following the ambitious programme of the Modigovernment to provide housing for all by 2022, the Maharashtra government has set the target of 11 lakh houses in Mumbai and about seven lakh houses in the MMR.

He said 50% of the total houses will be completed over the next five years.

Regarding cesssed buildings in Mumbai, many of which are in dilapidated condition, Mehta said: “Our government has decided to complete the redevelopment of all the cessed building over the next five years. The FSI for such buildings have already been raised to 3 from 2.5 and we would not hesitate to increase it to 3.5, if need be,” he said. There are 16,000 cessed buildings in the city.

He was responding to a debate on the budgetary allocation to the housing department.

The minister also said that redevelopment projects by Mhada will be monitored to ensure their completion. “We will not shrug off the responsibility of the completion of the redevelopment projects by merely issuing the no-objection certificate. The Mhada will monitor all the development projects till its completion so that they are not delayed. We will lodge criminal cases and impose penalty on the developers of the undue delay of the projects,” he said. At present, government agencies do not play an active role beyond issuing the permissions required for the construction.

Responding to the alleged corruption and delay in the implementation of the slum rehabilitation projects, the minister said the work will be allotted to the builders by the government. “We will prepare the master plan of the slum rehabilitation. By preparing the list of the slum dwellers of across the city, the projects will be allotted through e-tendering. This will help us complete the projects on time,” he said.

BJP MLA Ashish Shelar had demanded white paper on the slum rehabilitation projects and had alleged the government officers are stalling the projects.

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