Mhada to take over revamp project in Mumbai after builder commits violations
CM Devendra Fadnavis had repeatedly asked the builder to take corrective actions but the latter failed to complymumbai Updated: Feb 03, 2018 14:02 IST
In a major move, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) is set to take over the 47-acre Patra Chawl redevelopment project at Goregaon after the builder committed several violations.
This step has been taken as chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had repeatedly asked the builder to take corrective actions but the later failed to comply with the same.
“MHADA will take over the project as there are repeated violations by the builder,” said minister of state for housing Ravindra Waikar. The violations, as listed by waikar, are builder’s failure to provide new houses to existing tenants, depriving MHADA its share of flats, not paying rent to tenants as well as causing loss of Rs474 crore to the exchequer.
He directed MHADA to appoint a contractor to execute the work and also a Project Management Consultant (PMC) to take stock of the work done by the builder. MHADA has already served a notice to the builder.
In November last year, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis while convening a meeting of the affected residents lost his cool and said the residents were being taken for a ride. He also blasted MHADA for submitting a misleading report of 85% of the work completed and directed the body to suspend DK Mahajan, executive engineer (MHADA), Goregaon division.
The redevelopment of Patrawala Chawl in Siddharth Nagar, spread across 47 acres, has been mired in controversy since the beginning. In 2007, MHADA allowed Guru Ashish to redevelop and rehabilitate 675 chawl tenants. However MHADA received complaints that he had sold the project to HDIL. Guru Ashish denied these claims.
A recent report by housing secretary Sanjay Kumar found that error in calculation of Patrawala Chawl area caused losses to the tune of Rs 474 crore.
Prasad Lad, the then chairman of MHADA’s repair and reconstruction board revealed that a MHADA internal inquiry concluded that the authority had suffered a loss of approximately Rs1,000 crore, owing to the project.
Residents have welcomed the move saying it will give them some guarantee of returning back. “We are out of our home from years without rent and also no guarantee when we will get back our houses,” said Rajesh Dalvi, a resident of the chawl. Repeated attempts to contact Guru Ashish and HDIL were not successful.