State govt will construct 16 lakh homes in Mumbai & MMR region by 2022: Prakash Mehta

By Accommodation Times News Services

prakash-mehtaMaharashtra government is committed to construct total 16 lakh homes in Mumbai and Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) by 2022, out of this 11 lakh homes will be constructed in Mumbai and rest 11 lakh homes will be coming up in extended regions of the city, said, Housing Minister, Prakash Mehta at a conference.

“We want to develop affordable housing in Mumbai through the medium of MHADA, SRA, CIDCO and various government bodies. Firstly, we will build around 5 lakh homes in Thane and Navi Mumbai within next three and half years and we have already commenced the initial work like framing the policy and acquiring the land. Further, 11 lakh homes will be build in Mumbai city.”

Responding over Draft Maharashtra Housing Policy, which aims to build 2.2 million houses al over Maharashtra by 2022, Mehta said, the draft of housing policy is already announced and we are expecting to launch the policy by August end. Along with the policy we are planning to launch frame work for redevelopment of BDD chawls and transit camps in Mumbai.

On asking about the government’s measures to improve the worsening conditions of dilapidated building s in the city, as redevelopment of old dilapidated buildings take years to take off and tenants are made to live in transit camps for years and years. A fear has wrap around the tenants that after vacating their homes, they won’t be able to return there again and hence, they are not ready to vacate their dilapidated homes.

Mehta responded that, we want to convey the tenants of dilapidated buildings to have faith in government and assure them that after shifting the them to transit camps, redevelopment process will be carried on fast scale and they will be able to return to their homes within 18 months to 2 years.

“High court has already passed an order that if tenants don’t agree to vacate homes government can forcefully evacuate the residents by help of police force. Now we are planning to introduce an Act regarding this. We assure that all the tenants will return to their homes within 18 months to 2 years,” he added.

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