MHADA wants colonies to redevelop, sets time limit
By A Staff Reporter
The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) said that it is working on a grand new plan for redevelopment of old colonies spread across the city if colonies do not take immediate steps to utilise the extra floor space index granted to it.
The announcement that reads more like a warning signal will certainly make many housing societies, which are yet to be redeveloped, sit up and take notice. The minister of state for housing, Sachin Ahir said MHADA building societies must tie up with the builders of their choice and go for redevelopment or else the government would take upon itself to rebuild the colony if the societies fail to adhere to a cutoff time period.
“We are working on setting a time frame of about a year,” said Ahir categorically, indicating that the onus was now on MHADA colonies and its societies to act fast and make the best of the situation that would allow them to have bigger and better apartments.
MHADA has 56 old colonies built more than 50 years ago, some located in the upscale areas such as Colaba, Tardeo, Prabhadevi and Dadar. The bigger and larger layouts are in the suburbs of Goregaon (Sidharth Nagar, Jawahar Nagar, Unnat Nagar), Chembur (Tilak Nagar), Ghatkopar (Pant Nagar), Vikhroli (Kannamwar Nagar),
Bandra (Kherwadi and Gandhi Nagar), Khar and Santacruz.
These old colonies have an FSI of only 1, but following the amended Development Control Regulations (DCR) of 2008 they can have a total FSI of 2.5. Old colonies, hence, stand to gain an increase of 1.5 FSI and if utilised as stipulated translates into a spacious living abode.
Some old colonies are already in the process of redevelopment as is evident by the newly constructed tall towers that have come up equipped with club houses, parking areas and other facilities that have become a norm with swanky structures.
While others are in the process of working out details with developers, many societies seem reluctant to go all the way for redevelopment squabbling over personal disputes or simply turning greedy in the hope that developers may offer huge sums by way of corpus funds.
“Waiting for a bigger bonanza could well turn out to be a nothing but a dampener,” said advocate Sanjeev Kanchan, who is well versed on housing matters.The government can exercise its discretion of taking away any unutilised or surplus FSI since the land still belongs to MHADA, he explained.
Besides, if the government chooses to redevelop the housing societies can say bye-bye to receiving a corpus fund or adequate rent for an alternate accommodation. Private developers provide such facilities and added benefits.