Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (MHADA) is likely to build 5,000 new affordable homes in Goregaon (West) by 2020.
For these affordable homes, MHADA will soon invite tenders in Goregaon (West) to build homes on 18-acre plot. In February after a nearly 40-year legal battle, the housing authority had won the rights to the plot.
This is one of the biggest MHADA schemes in recent times. It had developed a housing complex consisting of 3,000 flats in Versova in 2009.
The state government had acquired 282 acres of land in Goregaon in 1949, handed over to MHADA’s predecessor, the Bombay Housing Board, where colonies like Motilal Nagar, Siddharth Nagar, Unnat Nagar, Subhash Nagar, etc came up in the 1960s and ’70s, according to a senior MHADA official.
In 1977, a case was filed in city civil court by Shiva Shinde (builder) claims that the property belongs to him, and was never acquired from him so the title should be restored to him. In 2003, city civil court gave its judgment and went in favour of MHADA, although the case was challenged both in Supreme Court and the Bombay High Court, both of which upheld the city civil court’s judgment.
The SC judgment came this February, and the court fined the petitioner Rs 1 crore.
Seven acres plot near Inorbit Mall, Goregaon (West) is surrounding by slums. So MHADA will have to implement the slum rehabilitation scheme there.
An MHADA official said. “As all legal hurdles are now over, we are about to start the development process. Next week, we will be issuing tenders inviting bids from construction companies to build the houses. We plan to build around 5,000 flats on the site for various sections: Economically Weaker Section (EWS), Low Income Group (LIG), Middle Income Group (MIG) and High Income Group (HIG). Sixty percent of these flats will be for EWS, LIG and MIG sections.”
“It will take around three to four months to complete the tendering process, so one can expect work on these projects to start by April next year,” according to MHADA’s Mumbai Board Chief Officer Subhash Lakhe.
An official said, MHADA building projects usually have a three-to-five-year timeline, so the first lot of houses can be expected to be ready by 2020.