The state’s housing agency Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) opened its online applications on Thursday for its 972 affordable flats to be released this year in Mumbai. The agency will hold the lottery for these homes spread across suburbs like Powai, Mulund, Dahisar and even central areas like Sion on August 10.
The flats have been categorised into economically weaker section (EWS), low income group (LIG), middle income group (MIG) and high income group (HIG) like every year. Of the 972 flats put up for sale, only 390 have been constructed, while 580 are under construction. The cost of the flats ranges from as low as Rs8 lakh for an EWS flat at Malwani in Malad to Rs83 lakh for a HIG flat in Versova.
There are 191 EWS and 417 LIG flats (both under construction and ready), 228 MIG and 136 HIG flats for sale this year. Those interested can register online at lottery.mhada.gov.in. Every year, Mhada’s lottery draws nearly twenty to thirty times the applications for the houses it puts up for sale.
The income definition for each of these categories has been worked out by Mhada at up to Rs25,000 (average monthly income) for EWS, Rs25,001 to Rs50,000 for LIG, Rs50,001 to Rs75,000 for MIG and above Rs75,001 for HIG.
The housing agency has come under flak for reserving 19 flats for sitting and retired legislators and MPs, of which 13 flats fall under EWS, LIG and MIG. The average salary of a sitting MLA works out to Rs75,000, making them eligible for only HIG flats.
Mhada also reserves flats for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe, journalists, government servants, differently abled, leaving only 477 of the 972 flats for the general category.