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Revamp of Mumbai’s dilapidated buildings: Consent of fewer tenants needed

Maharashtra is planning to amend the Maharashtra Apartment Ownership Act (MAOA) to bring down the existing condition of 100% consent by almost half to speed up redevelopment

mumbai Updated: Aug 01, 2017 00:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

In a move that is likely to clear decks for the revamp of several dilapidated buildings in the city, the state said consent of only 51% of tenants would now be mandatory for such proposals.

The state is planning to amend the Maharashtra Apartment Ownership Act (MAOA) to bring down the existing condition of 100% consent by almost half to speed up redevelopment of such buildings that have been stuck for want of consent.

The buildings registered for the redevelopment under MAOA will get the benefits of the changes announced by the government. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who made this announcement in the state assembly, said the redevelopment of old and dilapidated buildings get delayed even if a single resident opposes the project.

“The building redeveloped under Maharashtra Ownership of Flat Act needs consent of 70% of the tenants, while it is 100% in MAOA. To pave way for the redevelopment of old, dilapidated and cessed buildings, bringing this consent down was necessary,” he said.

According to housing department officials, the number of consenting tenants has been reduced in accordance with the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) norms.

Read: Ahead of rains, BMC makes list of 791 unsafe buildings in Mumbai

“The RERA Act demands consent and registrations by 51% of the tenants, while safeguarding their interest on various fronts. Taking a cue from that provision, the government has changed the consent provision,” he said.

To end the nexus between builders and errant tenants holding up the redevelopment of slum buildings, the government has also announced a provision which allows it to take over such projects to avoid further delays. “We are changing the norms barring the developer from re-entering the slum redevelopment project and making it mandatory for the developer to replace the original one to complete registration in three months. On failure of such registration, such projects will taken over by the SRA to avoid a delay in the rehabilitation of the slum dwellers,” he said.

Fadnavis also said that to curb corruption and minimise human contact, the government is making the online registration of SRA projects mandatory. He also announced the state will complete its probe into the alleged clearance of files by outgoing SRA CEO Vishwas Patil in 15 days. He said the officer had cleared 137 projects in June 2017 and 64 of the files have been scrutinised by authorities after inquiry was announced. “Once the report of the inquiry will be submitted to us in 15 days and appropriate action will be taken against the officials responsible,” Fadnavis said.

Read: HC ruling paves way to revamp old buildings in Mumbai suburbs, Thane, Navi Mumbai


First Published: Aug 01, 2017 00:27 IST

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