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M'rashtra Govt to set up housing regulatory body

CM Vilasrao Deshmukh said that Maharashtra would become the first state in the country to have such a commission, reports Pradip Kumar Maitra.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2006 21:18 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Pradip Kumar Maitra

The Maharashtra government would set up a state Housing Regulatory Commission to protect the interest of poor and middle class people and provide a consumer forum for redress of grievances under the ambitious new housing policy announced recently.

Informing this in the Assembly on the concluding day of the winter session, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said that Maharashtra would become the first state in the country to have such a commission.

Replying to a debate, initiated by leader of the Opposition Ramdas Kadam, senior BJP member Gopinath Munde and others under the House rule of 292, the chief minister said that the state was committed to maintaining transparency in the policy and to fulfill the common man's dream of acquiring a dream house in his lifetime.

He said that the union government had sanctioned the construction of 1,15,058 dwelling units in Maharashtra under the ambitious National Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (NJURM). The dwelling units were proposed to be constructed in the metropolitan regions of Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Pimpri, Nashik and Nanded.

As many as 23,011 dwelling units would be constructed in Mumbai alone, including 6,000 for mill workers, 6,000 for transit camps and 5,000 for beneficiaries from the low income group.

The proposed dwelling units of carpet area of 225 square feet each would include those for beneficiaries from the slum rehabilitation scheme and the low income group. The union government would give 50 per cent grant towards the cost of constructing the dwelling unit, with the beneficiaries having to contribute 10 per cent if from SC or ST, and 12 per cent otherwise. The balance is to be shared by the state government and the local self-government.

Deshmukh said that the government proposed to construct two lakh dwelling units in rural areas and five lakh in urban areas under the proposed housing policy.

Reiterating that nobody would be evicted from slums that had come up between 1995 and 2000, he said that the state government would file an appeal against a recent High Court ruling preventing the rehabilitation of post 1995 slums.

The state government had decided to allow developers to utilise the extra FSI available in Mumbai in areas up to Virar and Kalyan to ensure affordable housing for all.

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First Published: Dec 15, 2006 21:18 IST