By Accommodation Times News Service
Joint chief officer of Mhada’s Mumbai Board, Chandrakant Dange, confirmed the development.
The Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (Mhada) has written to the state government, asking to be allowed to sell the apartments under the chief minister quota in its May 2016 lottery. The apartments under the quota have not been allotted since 2010.
According to senior Mhada officials, a total of 450 apartments under the CM quota are to be allotted since 2010. “Most of these apartments are in suburbs, including Ghatkopar, Dahisar, and Versova. Most of them were constructed before 2010 and remain vacant till now. Therefore, Mhada wants to add these flats in its May 2016 lottery,” said an official, on the condition of anonymity.
Joint chief officer of Mhada’s Mumbai Board, Chandrakant Dange, confirmed the development. Every year in May, Mhada sells its flats through lottery. After the Adarsh co-operative housing scam controversy, former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan gave away his discretionary power of allotting flats to eminent personalities, actors, freedom fighters and journalists under the CM quota. This discretionary power, however, was misused and most flats were allotted to relatives of the politicians and those close to the power.
According to Mhada rules, 49 per cent Mhada flats are allotted for reserved category applicants, while 2 per cent are is reserved for the CM quota applicants.
“Mhada is planning to bring a large number of flats under Mhada lottery in May, so that maximum number of people can fulfill the dream of owning a house. Most Mhada flats are at available at an affordable rate,” said senior Mhada official.
Besides regular construction of affordable houses, Mhada has also decided to redevelop the BDD chawls, spread across 94 acres. After this redevelopment, Mhada will able to get 13,000 additional flats, besides rehabilitating the local tenants.