For 10 years, BMC employee Kashiram Kadam has been trying to bag a low-cost Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (Mhada) home. With only two years to go before he retires, Kadam was worried about being left without a roof over his family, as he’d have to surrender the dilapidated civic quarter he lives in.
On Wednesday morning, Kadam was left speechless when his name was announced as the winner of a low-cost home in Virar.
“I have been failing for the past 10 years. I can’t believe my luck. This is unbelievable. I finally have a house I can call my own.”
Like Kadam, 4,256 others were ecstatic as Mhada organised its largest-ever draw of affordable homes, spread across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). While there was joy, there was also despair. Mhada had received a total of 1.31 lakh applications, which meant an average of 31 applications for each flat on offer.
Of these, 3,755 homes were in Virar, 310 in Mira Road, 164 homes in Kavesar, Thane, 19 in Thane’s Balkum and 27 in Vengurla, Sindhudurg district. Except Vengurla, all other homes are likely to take the pressure off the severely inflated realty market in the MMR.
In fact, for people like 25-year-old Khan Iqbal Jamid, these new affordable homes will also mean a big change in quality of life.
Khan and his family of eight, including his grandparents, live in a cramped home in Vasai. Working as an electrical fitter, Khan will now get to live at Mira Road.
“I had not even thought of applying for the draw. It was only recently that I started thinking of buying a new house for myself.”
Mhada officials confirmed they will soon hold a similar lottery for more than 1,100 homes in the city by May this year.