Every developer constructing a housing project on one acre of land or above have to reserve 20% of flats for the economically weaker section (EWS) and lower income groups (LIG). According to state government’s affordable housing policy 2013. This policy is applicable in cities with over 10 lakh population which include Nagpur, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Mumbai.
The civic body has 2,961 such flats under its control as per the policy out of that 1,66 are occupied, while 1.296 are lying vacant, according to PMC’s own data. The information was revealed by the corporation in a written answer tabled before the general body of the PMC.
“These flats are allocated to project-affected people. The civic body has to get possession of some of these flats, while some are yet to be acquired. The PMC is compiling the information,” PMC said in a written reply.
According to Anand Rithe, the corporator, who raised the question in writing before the general body, “A group of project-affected people in my ward is homeless. They were asked to leave their place of dwelling to pave way for a water purification project. PMC has rehabilitated them temporarily. But even after two years, they do not have a place to stay. The civic body should have proper management of flats and allocate them to eligible people.”
According to Vivek Velankar of Sajag Nagrik Manch, “There are many pending projects in the city that have failed to take off due to issues relating to rehabilitation of slum dwellers. These flats should be allocated to the affected people so that project work could be started. But the civic body is not taking adequate steps. It is poor property management.”