People who have bought flats under the Maharashtra government’s discretionary quota — which comes cheaper than the market rates — won’t be able to purchase another house under the same quota again.
The state took the decision last week in the wake of the controversy over some legislators applying for flats in Mumbai despite having bought homes under the government quota elsewhere in the state. Beneficiaries are politicians, journalists, actors, writers and sportspersons.
The rule was always in place, but people would sell their house or transfer it to a relative’s name and apply again. Those who bought a house in one district could apply for another in another district.
The CM’s discretionary quota made houses available in buildings under the now-defunct Urban Land Ceiling Regulation Act or under Mhada schemes.
The housing department has started issuing eligibility norms to proposed societies. Housing Secretary S.J. Kunte did not deny this.
Two societies said they had got the directives. “We have withheld several memberships as they already own flats in the government quota,” said a promoter of a legislators’ society.