HC to MHADA keep aside 40 flats from lottery

Mumbai: Less than a month to go for Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority’s lottery for 4,034 affordable houses in the Mumbai city. As on Friday Bombay High Court has ordered to MHADA to keep 1% of the flats estimated 40 flats from the lottery. These flats would be kept reserved till the Government of Maharashtra takes decision on the mounting the reservation of flats meant for the disabled from the existing 2% to 3%. Hearing public interest litigation regarding the public housing for the disable, state has got the couple of month period to make decision and amend the norms by a division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Girish Godbole.
Approx 4,034 flats will be sold through an online lottery scheduled for May 31, 2011. . The flats are located at Sion, Ghatkopar, Versova, Vikhroli, Malwani and Magathane in Borivli. Though, 80% flats are reserved for the financially weaker group whereas there are flats reserved for the middle income group and higher income group too. According to the G W Mattos MHADA has already received more than 35000 applications. He added that petitioner never made plea for any interim order. Advocate Gayatri Singh, counsel for the petitioners, said that though the Persons With Disabilities Act, though 3% of houses have to be reserved for the disabled, in Maharashtra the rules cap the reservation at 2%.
As per the advocate Kanchan Pamnani, as far as back in August 2010 the state coordination committee on disabilities had suggested that the reservation should be raised by 3%. The court went through the minutes of the meeting and asked the state what progress had been made on the issue. The court has scheduled further hearing in the case on July 21.

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