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New Mhada rule stalls revamp

The redevelopment of the 72-acre Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (Mhada) Colony, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP) Nagar, Versova, has been inadvertently delayed.

mumbai Updated: Jun 20, 2011 00:42 IST
Prajakta Chavan

The redevelopment of the 72-acre Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (Mhada) Colony, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP) Nagar, Versova, has been inadvertently delayed.

The land measuring 2,88,000 sq m houses 4,000 families and is worth more than Rs1,000 crore but a dispute between the builders, the housing board and residents has delayed the revamp process.

While Orbit Developers, Paranjape Schemes (Construction) Ltd, SD Corporation, HDIL, Good Build India Pvt Ltd and a few others have tied up with 98 housing societies for redevelopment, but the housing body has so far approved plan of seven societies, giving them additional floor space index (FSI) against premium.

However, Mhada’s new policy that the builder should give one-third of the new housing stock to the housing agency after redevelopment is bothering the remaining 91 societies because they fear that the residents would get smaller houses than what was earlier promised in the agreement with the developers.

The director of Good Build India Pvt Ltd, Arshad Zaheer Khot, said, “If we were to give Mhada our housing stock then residents will not get the extra space as was decided earlier. It would be injustice to the residents.”

Vikas Joshi, marketing and property acquisition head, Paranjape Builders said that his company has already submitted proposals to the Mhada.

But he did not clarify whether the proposals were for FSI against premium or under the new policy. But residents of the 91 societies demanded that they also be given additional FSI against premium, but without asking them to share the housing stock.

“Mhada has given extra FSI to seven societies in the same locality, so why not give us the same benefit. If we are asked to share the housing stock, then we will have to sacrifice the additional area,” said Suryakant Khadye, ex-secretary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Nagar Co-operative Residential Union Ltd.

Mhada’s Mumbai board chairman, Amarjeet Singh Manhas said that the board has invited proposals under both schemes — extra FSI against premium and sharing of housing stock — from the societies. “The societies have sent us a proposal seeking extra FSI against premium. We expect them to submit the other plan as well. The board will decide after receiving both plans.”

‘Why did Mhada pay Rs 2.63 cr to BMC?’
The residents of Mhada Colony, SVP Nagar, Versova, have alleged that the Mhada paid Rs2.63 crore to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for demolishing illegal structures and removing debris, even though the residents had to pay for the job themselves.

Following the Supreme Court order, the civic body demolished 3,640 illegal structures in the area for which residents paid the demolition charge. “We have already spent between Rs50000 and Rs1 lakh,” said Dharamsi Patel, a Vaibhav Society resident. Another resident BMC had threatened them to demolish the houses themselves or pay a Rs50,000 charge.

Ashok Khaire, deputy municipal commissioner, said that the civic body got the money for the demolition drive. “We are removing the debris on the roads. The debris on the private lands will have to be removed by the individual societies.”