Now, Maharashtrian builders have approached Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray to redress their grievances.
On Friday, Thackeray, who also runs construction firm, Matoshree Realtors, will address 150 builders on the ‘Current Real Estate Scenario’.
The meeting will focus on the problems faced by native builders and locals being forced to migrate out of the city due to high real estate prices.
Suresh Haware, president of the Maharashtrian Builders Forum, that is organising the seminar, said: “Unlike other communities, our builders are first time entrepreneurs and hence face a lot of problems. It is very difficult to raise cash to fund projects.”
The interactive platform can be compared to the one organised by the Jain International Trade Organisation in October where deals worth Rs 3,500 crore were struck in seven hours.
Builders’ groups like Unity Infrastructure, Haware Builders, D.S. Kulkarni, Matoshree, Nirman Group and Haware Builders will attend the meeting.
In the past, Thackeray had criticised the way in which some builders were denying flats to Maharashtrians in areas like Lalbaug, Parel, Dadar. In his Assembly polls campaigns, he exhorted locals to shun builders and undertake self-development saying he was ready to assist them in this venture.
“For years, the Marathi manoos has been doing jobs. Now our whole effort is directed at getting youngsters into this construction line,” said Mangesh Sangle, MNS legislator and MD of Kulalaxmi Developers.