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Govt sets up body to dispute MahaRERA

On a daily basis, MahaRERA receives several complaints from homebuyers. While some are amicably settled between the buyer and developer, the authority does gives out decisions in cases of conflict. Until now, there was no proper tribunal where one could challenge the order of MahaRERA and thus a demand from various forums that a tribunal be set. However, some are still unhappy as they were expecting a full-fledged and permanent tribunal not a designated one. "Something is better than nothing but we were expecting a permanent tribunal to look into appeals. We had brought out the issues pertaining to having a designated one and also wrote to the CM regarding the same in the past," said Adv Shirish Deshpande, Chairman, Mumbai Grahak Panchayat.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByVarun Singh <!–end of artlbotbor–>Monday 1 January 2018 1:10 ISTMust readMumbai fire: BMC carries out demolition drive against illegal structures in Kamala Mills areaKamala Mills fire: Escape to Nowhere<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>The state government has finally formed a tribunal where people can appeal against the rulings, judgments and orders of Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA). The government has designated the responsibility to Maharashtra Revenue Tribunal located in Mumbai. The housing department released a notification on December 28 informing on this development.On a daily basis, MahaRERA receives several complaints from homebuyers. While some are amicably settled between the buyer and developer, the authority does gives out decisions in cases of conflict. Until now, there was no proper tribunal where one could challenge the order of MahaRERA and thus a demand from various forums that a tribunal be set. However, some are still unhappy as they were expecting a full-fledged and permanent tribunal not a designated one. “Something is better than nothing but we were expecting a permanent tribunal to look into appeals. We had brought out the issues pertaining to having a designated one and also wrote to the CM regarding the same in the past,” said Adv Shirish Deshpande, Chairman, Mumbai Grahak Panchayat.

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Corporator pitches converting junked buses into mobile toilets

Convert discarded BEST buses into mobile toilets and let it be used at highways and other places in the city, including the crowded streets of Mumbai, a notice of motion by a Corporator in the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The motion was filed by Shiv Sena Corporator Sachin Padwal from ward number 206 in the BMC. The proposal will be discussed in the House of the BMC on January 5. If passed and later on approved, the discarded BEST buses may soon be used as toilets in the city. BEST keeps on discarding buses as they get old or if they are not required. Recently, it stopped using air-conditioned bus services in its fleet. BMC, on the other hand, uses mobile toilets excessively, especially on roads, near highways, slums and even during large gatherings in the city. The proposal by the Corporator reads, “Converting buses, which according to the BEST undertaking has been discarded as scrap, into well equipped mobile toilets, and then making them available on highways, major roads and small-big crowded streets in Mumbai.”Padwal claims that he has spoken to the BEST committee chairperson seeking details on the number of discarded buses and is getting the response soon. He also says that instead of hiring mobile toilets for big events, these toilets can be used, saving a lot of revenue.

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MahaRERA allows early possession

When a group of home buyers approached the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) for an early possession from a builder, the authority actually heard them and allowed it, too. Nearly a dozen home buyers approached the authority earlier this month against Kumar Builders Mumbai Realty Pvt Ltd to get possession in a building named Kul Tulip in Ghatkopar.The complainant had stated that the date of possession as per agreement was March 31, 2015, however, till date no possessionis were received. The developer has also put the revised proposed date of completion on the MahaRERA website as December 2019. The buyers informed the authority that they had no intention to wait so long and therefore approached the authority for and early and exact possession date. They have also sought an interest on the payments made so far and compensation for the delay in possession. The developer, in response to the complaint, had cited reasons beyond his control which delayed the completion of the project. Further, the developer also stated that since the matter was in arbitration, he had to approach the arbitrator for any construction work of the project. The construction work is still in progress and will be ready for possession by December 2019, the developer had said. The complaint was heard by Chairman MahaRERA, Gautam Chaterjee. “On the basis of the mentioned facts, we feel that the developer should hand over the possession of the said apartments to the home buyers on or before September 15, 2018, which is a reasonable time for completion of the pending work in the project along with OC and the same is also commensurate with the extent of development work pending, in accordance with rule,” Chaterjee said in his order.The authority further ruled that if the developer fails to hand over possession by September 15, 2018, the developer shall be liable to pay interest to the home buyers from September 16, 2018 till the actual date of possession, on the entire amount paid by the complainant to the developer.CASE DETAILSThe date of possession was March 31, 2015. The developer revised the date of completion on the MahaRERA website as December 2019. The authority directed the builder to handover flats on or before Sept 15, 2018. In case of delay, the builder shall be liable to pay interest to buyers.

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Kamala Mills Fire: Eatery owners fear loss of business

The Kamala Mills fire has soured the last day of the year, feel many restaurant owners. The fear of losses that they may incur is slowly rippling through the sector. According to the Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHAR), many restaurants in the city have already accepted the fact that there will be a huge business loss on New Year’s eve. They claim that patrons will have the Kamala Mills fire, which killed 14, in mind.”The loss of lives is so fresh in everyone’s mind. It happened on Thursday night and made the front pages everywhere. On Friday itself, many restaurant owners expressed the fear that they will suffer a loss of up to 20 per cent as people might not turn up on New Year’s eve,” said Niranjan Shetty, Chairman of MCGM committee of AHAR.According to the association, on December 31, a lot of people venture out and it is a very important day in terms of business. People visit restaurants where they are regulars, and also get guests including friends, family and relatives, which helps the restaurants earn extra bucks.Another restaurant owner said, “We are hoping for great takeaway orders at least. People normally go out, but then visiting a restaurant after the Kamala Mills fire wouldn’t be the first thing on their minds. So we are prepared for lesser business in terms of walk-ins. But we may see a larger business in terms of takeaway or home deliveries.”Apart from this, authorities have started visiting restaurants and action has been started. The associations have asked their member restaurants and hotels to cooperate. “We have directed all hotel and restaurant owners to not create any hassles and let the authorities do their work and cooperate. If they have any doubts, they should seek the help of authorities and understand what should be done to rectify the issue,” said Shetty.FALSE ALARM?After the fire engulfed the restaurants in Kamala Mills, a series of messages started doing the rounds. One such message was about parties at restaurants beings called off and it was signed by Congress leader Charan Singh Sapra. When contacted, Sapra denied sending out any such message and said it was a mischief and should be ignored. Even AHAR denied sending out any message about any party cancellation and asked people to not pay attention to rumours.PARTY STILL ONImmediately after the fire, Riyaz Amlani of Social had said that there were no party cancellations. “The parties are mostly personal ones and we cannot cancel any parties until the person who booked the place, does,” said Shetty. According to both of them, New Year’s eve will be celebrated as every year in the city too. However, till Saturday night, there were some restaurants and pubs that sent out messages about party cancellations but they were related to action taken by authorities.

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Kamala Mills Fire: After lookout notice, pub co-owners disappear from Facebook

Not just in real life, Sanghvi brothers, co-owners of ‘1Above’ pub, have disappeared from social media as well. Lookout notices were today issued against the Sanghvi brothers, a day after 14 lives were lost in a devastating blaze at the pub located in Mumbai’s Kamala Mills. They are partners in Sigrid Ospitalita and Entertainment LLP, the firm that owns ‘1Above’ pub.Till Saturday morning, Facebook profiles of both, Kripesh Sanghvi and Jigar Sanghvi, were live. However, the Facebook accounts of the two were found offline in the evening.None of their profiles were visible, meaning that they either changed their profile setting and made it private, or deleted their account. Also readKamala Mills fire: Lookout notices against ‘1Above’ co-owners, BMC demolishes over 300 illegal structuresOn social media, Kripesh went with the name Kripesh RM Sanghvi and his brother’s display name was Jigar Sanghvi. Their profiles were visible till as late as 12 pm on Saturday. The last post by Kripesh was about an event that was scheduled to take place at the ill-fated restaurant that was gutted in midnight fire on Thursday. The New Year eve event, Illusionati (within your temptation), was scheduled to start at 10 pm on December 31.On Friday, the police had booked the Sanghvi brothers, another co-owner Abhijeet Manka and others, under IPC sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others).Also readKamala Mills Fire: As 1 Above’s owners go into hiding, police to issue LOCThe massive fire that had swept through the pub left 14 people dead and 21 injured. The pub was run by ‘C Grade Hospitality’.

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Builder dupes singer Chitra Singh, denies refund

The late ghazal legend Jagjit Singh and his wife Chitra Singh captured the ‘middle-class house dream’ in Mumbai through their song ‘Yeh tera ghar yeh mera ghar’. But fact is stranger than fiction for Chitra Singh.Singh and her grandson Armaan Chowdhury had paid approximately Rs 1.75 crore to a builder for two flats on the 10th floor of Pearl Goregaon in 2013. Singh was later informed by the builder that he had permission to construct only till the eighth floor. Singh cancelled the deal in 2015, but is yet to receive her money back. She alleged that the builder, Sai Siddhi Developers, gave her two cheques, and both were dishonoured. She approached the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) with a complaint, however, it was dismissed in November 2017.Singh said, “I am a single woman, a senior citizen and I am the wife of legendary singer Jagjit Singh, and this is happening with me. I got in touch with the developer via a friend and invested my life savings in two flats. There was no written agreement. Even the memorandum of understanding the developer wanted me to sign showed me as an investor. I am now planning to initiate criminal action against the developer and consulting people/lawyers for the same. I don’t have so much money to afford the legal battle like a developer can.”When this paper contacted the developer’s office, they said they shall revert, but there was no response as the directors were tied up in meetings.

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After 7 yrs, MHADA back with lottery of 108 shops

After a lottery of nearly 820 homes, Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority’s (MHADA) Mumbai Board is all set to introduce an e-auction of 108 commercial premises, for which the process was initiated on Friday when MHADA published a tender seeking a bank through which it can complete the whole process.Of the total 108 commercial establishments, 36 are in Pratiksha Nagar in Sion, four in Mazgaon, 14 in Vinoba Bhave Nagar in Kurla, five in Swadeshi Mill in Kurla, seven in Mankhurd, five in Powai, 11 in Mulund, one in Jogeshwari, four in Shastri Nagar in Goregaon, one in Siddharth Nagar in Goregaon and the remaining 20 in Charkop in Kandivili.The process of finalising the bank is expected to be complete by the first week of January. On Friday, MHADA’s Mumbai Board issued a tender inviting the expression of interest from nationalised, scheduled and commercial banks for a total solution provider for an e-auction of the shops.A senior official from MHADA’s Mumbai Board said, “We are looking for a bank that will be holding the e-auction of the shops spread over Mumbai that belong to MHADA. After the bank is finalised we will carry out the e-auction.”The offset price for the 36 shops in Pratiksha Nagar is Rs 11.45 crore while for the one shop in Jogeshwari, it is Rs 41.09 lakh. The total offset price of the 108 shops is Rs 49.93 crore. While the last such MHADA lottery for commercial premises was held in 2010, this is the first time that the Authority will be holding an e-auction of commercial premises. Until now, the MHADA had always held a manual auction.Apart from this, the MHADA also recently started the construction of buildings in Wadala, where it will be constructing nearly 280 homes in the affordable segment. The Authority is trying to get these homes constructed at the earliest because the MHADA wants the homes to be a part of the forthcoming lottery. In the previous lottery, which was held in November this year, the Authority received a lot of flak because it had only eight homes in the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) segment.WHAT’S ON ANVILProcess of finalising the bank is expected to be complete by the first week of January. MHADA’s Mumbai Board, on Friday, had issued a tender inviting the expression of interest from nationalised, scheduled and commercial banks for a total solution provider for an e-auction of the shops. Offset price for the 36 shops in Pratiksha Nagar is Rs 11.45 crore, while for the one shop in Jogeshwari is Rs 41.09 lakh.

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BJP corporators face-off, Shiv Sena workers make hay

While the Colaba constituency has erupted in a face-off between two BJP corporators belonging to different wards, Shiv Sena workers have taken it upon themselves to expose the fight on social media. All of this week, Sena workers in south Mumbai kept themselves busy on Twitter and Facebook where they uploaded a poster of the BJP corporator, Makrand Narvekar, from ward 227, only that it was spotted in ward 222, which belongs to BJP corporator Rita Makwana. Earlier this year, Makwana had written to the party chief asking him to stop Narvekar’s intervention in her ward.On Wednesday Amit Bhadricha, Shiv Sena’s active IT cell member and ward 222 resident, uploaded a picture of the poster on Facebook and said, “Nothing seems to be good between BJP corporators of #ColabaConstituency. BJP corporator from ward no 227 (A Ward) does work of ward no 222 (C Ward) and citizens thanking him for the work done. As a citizen of ward no 222 I am confused whom to contact to get our work done. Citizens are Confused.” The poster thanks Narvekar for the work done in a building in ward 222.Following this, several other Sena members posted the same photo with comments. A Sena member said, “Why should voter vote for BJP and get confused instead they should vote for Sena and let them do the work clearly.”Meanwhile, Makrand Narvekar, who was an independent till the BMC’s last term and joined the BJP before the BMC elections in February, claims that he is just doing his work. “I do not wish to comment on this, I am doing my work and don’t know what is the issue.”In the letter by Makwana, that was leaked in November, she had alleged that during Diwali some kids from Colaba’s slums represented by Narvekar in BMC were seen distributing packets of sugar to locals following which the matter came to Makwana’s notice and she confronted them. The letter alleges that the kids were paid and sent by Narvekar, whom she confronted along with another BJP corproator from the area, Aakash Purohit.

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Unable to pay EMI and rent, residents forced out of city

Rendered homeless after their relatively new building began crumbling, many residents of the now-demolished Gaurav Enclave Cooperative Housing Society in Mira Road East have been staying in temporary accommodation, waiting for the redevelopment to reach completion so they can shift into their new homes. In the meantime, the developer has allegedly stopped compensating them for transit accommodation, so they have to shell out EMIs as well as rent.Gaurav Enclave shot to infamy in 2013 after it developed cracks within 15 years of its construction. Nearly 233 residents of the building had to move out of their homes so it could be razed and redeveloped. Now, the builder who had originally raised the building, Ravi Group, is carrying out its redevelopment.The residents allege that exorbitant rents have forced them out of the metropolitan’s limits, to places like Vapi, which is in Gujarat. This has drastically affected their lives and livelihoods.Krishna Malani, a building resident who expected to have a new home after redevelopment, is one of them. “I stay in Vapi now. I don’t have a home. It’s been five years that we vacated the building and we are still waiting to return,” he said, adding that the developer has stopped paying him rent.D Gala, another tenant, claimed that while signing the redevelopment agreement, they were promised monthly recompense (rent) till the building came up.The builder had committed to delivering the project in three years’ time.”In case of a delay in the project, he was to pay us rent with a 10 per cent yearly increment. In spite of this agreement, the builder didn’t pay us rent on time. And now, he has stopped paying us rent altogether. It’s been almost five years since we moved out and the construction isn’t anywhere near completion,” Gala said.Some tenants have been ‘lucky’ to find alternate accommodation in Mira Road itself. “I vacated the building long back. I have found a home on rent in this suburb. But I am waiting to return to my house which I had purchased in 1997,” said Thomas, another resident.Another tenant who didn’t wish to be identified is looking forward to returning to his shop in the building. He said, “People are paying EMIs for their homes and also paying rent to stay for their current lodging. It is really a difficult time for all of us. We vacated the building in July 2013. For the last two years we have not received payments towards rent from the builder. The construction is taking place but at a snail’s pace.”Repeated attempts to contact Ketan Shah of Ravi Group were in vain. He didn’t reply to our messages, nor receive our calls.Tomorrow, we will take a look at the lives of people who left their old dilapidated buildings in the hope of returning to a new one. But they are biding their time till the construction comes up.

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Homes stuck in pipeline, citizens spend a decade in transit camp

Nearly everyone dreams of owning a house in Mumbai but the number of homebuyers and tenants that have seen their hopes dashed is a cautionary tale for others. Many are awaiting possession, and even construction, of their houses years after paying the developer. Others, like slum dwellers and tenants who opted for redevelopment, moved to temporary accommodation but remain stuck there even after years, for they haven’t got the promised homes.DNA is launching a series to bring out the stories of people who have seen their housing dreams sour.Shyam Gupta is one of them. Gupta vacated his Worli hutment in 2007 after he was promised a larger and newer home at the same location. But 10 years after he moved out of his 10×10 shack, his 269-square-foot home in south Mumbai is still not ready. He has been staying on rent in Mira Road.Gupta is in the company of hundreds of other tenants who consented for their slums in Maryam Nagar, which falls in Coastal Regulatory Zone, to be razed and rebuilt as towers.But they never got to move back after they vacated the premises.The redevelopment project Gupta and his neighbours had agreed to in 2003 was initiated by Akshay Sthapatya Private Limited. Currently, the site houses transit camps.Many of Gupta’s neighbours were made to leave Worli even before 2007. Most haven’t been able to return as their houses are not ready. The developer, Akshay Sthapatya, claims they couldn’t start the work for about four years since they did not have an access road to the site of the project. They also blame policy changes for the work getting stuck.Neeraj Rungta, the company’s director, said, “There were 1,500 tenants and 1,100 of these were eligible to get new homes. We first constructed a proper bridge structure to have access to the area. Then we constructed one tower, but then the government changed the policy, and we were required to give tenants bigger homes. So the building constructed was of no use. We have converted it into a transit camp.”Another tenant, Ramlal Pal, vacated his house in 2014. He has been given a home in the transit camp built on the land where his house once stood. “I am lucky that my house was brought down only recently. There are many who left in early 2000s and we don’t even know where they are now. My transit accommodation is good. But in most cases, the transit camp is crumbling. The developer stopped giving rent to tenants. After we protested and had a series of meetings with them and the government authorities, we started getting the rent back,” said Pal.According to Rungta, there has been so many policy flip-flops that the project remains incomplete. “Because the land falls under Coastal Regulatory Zone, my project has not got extra FSI. Whatever FSI I have will be used up in constructing homes for the existing tenants. I will get no money. I am hoping that the current government makes it a point to provide housing for all. I may get some relief. As of now, I don;t have any sale component. The entire area will be used for construction of rehabilitation buildings,” said Rungta.Tomorrow, we are going to review the situation of tenants who had to vacate their buildings for redevelopment.

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Over 250 MHADA flats to be on offer

Here’s good news for homebuyers who have been looking for affordable houses within city limits. According to senior MHADA officials, the forthcoming lottery that in most likelihood will be held in May will have 278 homes in the affordable segment in the Wadala region. If one doesn’t consider Sion, then the authority hasn’t had many affordable home projects on this side of the city. This will help MHADA have its image correction as the lottery in November had only eight homes in the Economically Weaker Section.MHADA faced criticism from various corners after the November lottery had very few homes on offer — 820 to be precise. But what was worse that the number of homes for the EWS category was the lowest. MHADA is expected to construct homes for that segment of the society which cannot afford the homes constructed by developers in Mumbai.According to a senior officer from MHADA, its Mumbai board is carrying out redevelopment of a chawl in Wadala’s Antop Hill, where it will be constructing nearly four towers of 25 floors each. “The total number of homes that will be on offer from this redevelopment project will be around 700, which will be used for rehabilitation purposes. There are flats that will be used for transit accommodation. Then, over 250 homes which will be around 300 sqft each will be put in the lottery,” said a MHADA official.Repeated attempts to contact Subhash Lakhe, chief officer, MHADA’s Mumbai board, failed.

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Nagpada junction to get 20 m flag pole

A 20-meter flag pole and congestion-free Nagpada junction is on its way. According to sources the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) recently approved a complete makeover of the junction that is famous for its congestion. The Nagpada Junction is one of the oldest junction in the city. Currently it is a traffic nightmare, where commuters get stuck for a long time. The local corporator Rais Shaikh, along with architects came up with a plan to redesign the area and give it a new look. Shaikh said “We will have a landscaping for the area done so that no one encroaches the area again and there is a smooth flow of traffic,” said Shaikh.According to Shaikh, the municipal commissioner recently gave the proposal an administrative consent and the work may start soon on the junction.The junction will have a small garden that can be used by the locals. “We are also planning to have a flag pole as huge as 20 meters. This flag pole will hoist the flag throughout the year. There are certain things like proper lighting and other regulations to be followed for the flag to be hoisted day and night, all of that is being worked out and will be followed,” added Shaikh.Shaikh claims that the makeover of the junction will help the locals have a beautiful place and also solve traffic and other problems like illegal parking in the area near the junction. Already that issue has been talked about and action on illegal parking has been taken on several occasions.

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Residents of Worli Koliwada hold candle march against decision to declare 4 acres of land as slum

Nearly 10,000 residents of Worli Koliwada came together to protest against the area being declared as slums. The residents of Koliwada claim that there is an attempt from the Slum Rehabilitation Authority and also from certain developers to declare around 4 acre land as slum, which it isn’t.Prahlad Worlikar, secretary of the Worli koliwada Owners Welfare Cooperative society, said, “Today we held a candle march as a silent protest and nearly 10,000 people from all over Koliwada came to protest against this plan. We aren’t slums, today they are targeting 4 acres, soon they will target whole of Koliwada. We are against it and hence we held the protest.”While only 4 acres is being affected because of this decision, but residents of unaffected parts also participated in the protest. “We have been here even before many people came to this city, we are original habitats not slum dwellers. We need a proper planning for redevelopment and we hope that government doesn’t treat it this way,” said Darshan Worlikar, resident of Koliwada.Koliwada is spread over 65 acres of land, and after the Worli sea link came up, various developers have been eyeing this piece of land to redevelop and hence residents claim this slum issue has cropped up.“Why residents of non affected part came in support is because today they are talking about 4 acres after this they will target whole of Koliwada,” said Worlikar.

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Fail to seal deal with sign, lose money: MahaRERA

In case a homebuyer fails to register their agreement with a developer within the stipulated time, the developer can cancel the booking. Not only this, the homebuyer will no longer remain an allottee in the developer’s project and will not be eligible for a refund. In a case that came before the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA), it held the view of the developer, wherein despite repeated requests, the homebuyer failed to register the agreement and hence the booking was cancelled. The homebuyer then approached the authority seeking a refund from the developer.The complainant, Sanjay Sawant, had booked an apartment in Landmark Real Estate Developers Limited’s Karjat project, Casa Unico, on June 10, 2016 and paid a partial booking amount. However, there was no registered agreement of sale between the complainant and the respondent. Sawant approached MahaRERA and asked that the developer be directed to refund the booking amount.During the hearing, the developer stated that as per the booking terms and conditions which Sawant had agreed to, Sawant had to sign and register the agreement of sale within 30 days from the day of booking. Despite repeated requests, the complainant failed to do so. His booking was therefore cancelled and the booking amount forfeited.Gautam Chaterjee, Chairperson, MahaRERA, held, “Based on the facts mentioned, the complainant is no longer an allottee and his booking has already been cancelled for breach of the agreed terms and conditions of booking.”Chaterjee in his order further stated that the complainant, Sawant, had failed to show if any provisions of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 or the rules or regulations made there under had been contravened, thus dismissed the complaint.

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Biker wheels to create awareness on road safety

Inspired by a video of Sachin Tendulkar asking riders to wear a helmet, Mumbai-based rider Vinay Maurya has, since then, travelled nearly 2,500 kilometres on his bike across the state and Gujarat requesting people who ride without helmets to do so. Armed with data on bike deaths and stickers, the Marine Lines resident has been spreading road safety awareness. “Sachin Tendulkar has inspired me to work towards spreading awareness of wearing helmets. I have been riding solo across India to talk to people about this issue,” said Vinay Maurya.Sachin Tendulkar had recently uploaded a video where he was seen creating awareness about traffic safety by insisting that people wear helmets. Maurya decided to take this issue to the next level by starting an Instagram campaign #HelmetDaalo, riding solo across India. “I am known as The Indian Motorcyclist on social media. Last week, I successfully completed the pilot leg of a trip by riding 2,500 km in Maharashtra and Gujarat in 5 days,” he said.Quoting data from Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, he says data reveals that over 400 people die every day and an average of 17 people lose their lives in road accidents every hour.Quoting data from Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, he says data reveals that over 400 people die every day and an average of 17 people lose their lives in road accidents every hour.Maurya has designed stickers which commuters can stick on a helmet, and take a pledge to never ride without a helmet. His Pan-India trip started from Mumbai and will cover Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal, Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, West Bengal, Odisha and south India in 45 days.”I have been working on this trip for over six months and after receiving a good response from people on Instagram, I am ready to kick off the campaign. My target is to meet around 10,000 daily commuters and welcome support from various motorcycling clubs in India to spread the message in their cities,” he added.Over half of Indian two-wheeler riders (57%) admit to not wearing a helmet when on the road, while an even higher proportion of pillion riders (74%) neglect to wear one whilst riding pillion. The survey was published by Exide Life Insurance as a part of its CSR initiative. According to the survey, riders are basing their decision to ride helmetless for a variety of reasons; Staggeringly, nearly a third (29%) admit to riding without a helmet for reasons of ‘comfort’! 13% due to the cost of a helmet, 16% believe that they are not required to by the law, 22% simply ride bare-headed due to a force of habit.

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My family feels safe in the transit camp: Resident

Most dilapidated cessed buildings in South Mumbai haven’t been redeveloped as residents refuse to move out fearing that once they shift to transit camps, they will never return. For any redevelopment project, a developer requires 70 per cent consent from the tenants. In the Bhendi Bazaar redevelopment plan, a total of 82.2 per cent consent was received. More than 2,500 tenants have been either given a transit accommodation or rents have been paid for alternate accommodation.Kalimmudin Abbasbhai, now resides in a transit camp in Anjirwadi. Before moving here, he resided in the Saifee Jubilee street at Bhendi Bazaar. “I am happy here, the surroundings are better than Bhendi Bazaar. My kids are safe here and I feel like I am outside India.”According to a MHADA report, nearly 1,076 transit camps have been provided to the tenants of Bhendi Bazaar in Anjirwadi, around 550 in Chunnabhatti and 1,200 have been arranged by the trust itself. “Currently construction work is underway in sub-clusters 1 and 3. We plan to complete this first phase of the project by 2019. We are vacating tenants and demolishing buildings in other sub-clusters so that the entire project could be completed in about 8-10 years,” said Abbas Master, CEO, SBUT.In the other transit camp in Chunnabhatti, the tenants say that they got fully furnished homes including a washing machine for them to use. “I stayed in a dilapidated building in Pakmodi street. We have been given furniture and even washing machines from the trust. When I return to Bhendi Bazaar, I am expecting a better life there,” said Saiffudin Sura another tenant.However, in August this year, the trust faced controversies when Hussaini building loacted on Pakmodia street, which was part of the redevelopment plan, collapsed killing more than 30 people. The trust then claimed that attempts were being made to evict people from dilapidated buildings to transit camps.Not lost in transit1,076 transit homes in Anjirwadi554 in Chunnabhatti 1,200 transit homes by SBUT82.2% consent for the project

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Bhendi Bazaar: A model makeover

Bohri Mohalla is a nugget of heritage and culture nestled in the crowded market area of Bhendi Bazaar. If you have ever visited this neighbourhood and not devoured the succulent kebabs and tikkas of Haji Tikka Corner, your trip to this part of the city would be considered incomplete. Established in 1989, it is currently owned by Abdul Samad Qureshi, who is suffering a customer loss of nearly 50 per cent, thanks to the redevelopment project. Bhendi Bazaar, spread over a 16.5-acre land comprising more than 250 buildings, is undergoing one of the biggest redevelopment projects in India. The project which is being carried out by Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) has divided Bhendi Bazaar in nine clusters.Located in the heart of south Mumbai, Bhendi Bazaar is a shopper’s paradise. From carpets to hardware and antique pieces, the place has something to offer everyone. For the less-initiated, the Bhendibazaar gharana is one of the vocal gharanas of Indian classical music, which originated in Bhendi Bazaar 1890. In more recent times, the neighbourhood has gained popularity for the delicious food served on the streets of Mohammed Ali Road during Ramzan, the active underworld activities of Dawood Ibrahim, for congestion, dilapidated buildings, building collapses and related deaths.However, the face of Bhendi Bazaar is changing, the attar-filled fragrant gullies, quaint shops selling kebabs of Bohri Mohalla are waning. They small shops are moving out. Abbas Master, CEO, SBUT said, “The entire area that comes under the purview of the project has been planned systematically to promote a sustainable way of living. Divided into nine sub-clusters, each sub-cluster will be self-sustained backed with modern technology and environment friendly practices. The idea is to give the future Bhendi Bazaar an environment that fosters holistic growth of the people and communities at large.”The redeveloplment plan will change the face of 4,765 residential and commercial units in Bhendi Bazaar. Of this, 3,379 are residential units, and 1,386 are commercial units. The redevelopment is being carried out under Development Control Rules 33 (9), cluster redevelopment, under which every tenant is entitled to get a minimum of 300 sq ft home.“My father started this business of selling tikkas on a roadside stall. The four shops behind the stall were bought by him from the money he earned on this stall. Today that stall is gone, we have another restaurant on the other side of the road, where we sell the famous Haji Tikkas. But many customers return when they see that the stall is gone and the shops behind it are not open. Some patrons don’t bother to check but many look for us. Our customer base has been reduced by 50 per cent.”Qureshi, however, admits that there are positive aspects to the redevelopment. “This redevelopment promises us better shops than what we had. We hear this is a world-class redevelopment and we are happy that our future generation will have a better life. ”The pros for Mohammed Mansoori, a tenant living in Bhendi Bazaar, are vastly different from Qureshi’s. His family and he will no longer have to stand in a queue to use the toilet. “I took rent from the trust and found my own alternate accommodation, both for my family and also for the shop I owned here. Once the building is developed, we won’t have to stand in the queue for using toilets. We are going to get a bigger apartment, with facilities like attached toilet bathroom and car park. These towers will be something that we had never imagined. This is the biggest gift for my kids.” For Mansoori who owns a store — A K Mansoori Antiques in this bustling neighbourhood and other shopkeeprs, parking is one of the major issues. He says that after the redevelopment the parking issue will be taken care of, which will indirectly help business flourish.Under the redevelopment plan, the trust has proposed and decided to offer certain benefits to the residents. These include solar panels in each building to provide lighting in the common areas in the entire building during daytime. Each tower will have its own set of solar panels.The 250-plus-building project, affecting nearly 20,000 people, will have about 10,000 toilets and a sewage treatment plant, and a special system for collection of garbage that will also be recycled.The project will have a central garbage disposal system, under a centralised system. A separate system shall be installed for treating either the centralised or the decentralised system under every sub-cluster, depending on its approvals. The trust also plans to set up a Pneumatic­-based centralised garbage collection system to collect garbage via a chute located on each floor. The garbage will be passed through pipelines under heavy air pressure and collected at a point and converted it into compost. While the dry waste will be recycled by authorised recyclers, the non-recycled waste will be sent to the dumping grounds. Each cluster will also have a sewage treatment plant, where the sewage will be recycled and reused within the premises for flushing, car washing, gardening etc. This will reduce the burden of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai’s (MCGM) water supply by around 35 per cent.During monsoon, rainwater from building terraces will be collected in tanks (built underground) and later supplied throughout the 16.5 acres of Bhendi Bazaar. This process is expected to reduce MCGM’s water supply by an additional five per cent.The project is expected to be complete in the next eight to ten years. Redevelopment in numbers16.5 acres total land area250 Total number of cessed and non-cessed properties in Bhendi Bazaar3,379 residential units1,386 non-residential tenements4,765 Total number of families affected by the redevelopment1.40 lakh sq m is the total area for rehabilitation of all tenements

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Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority forms teams to amicably settle matter between home buyers and realtors

The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) has decided to form 15 conciliation teams, where the home buyer and the builder amicably settle the matter.Each team will be comprising of two members, one from the developers’ body and one from consumer forums representing home buyers.10 conciliation teams will be located in Mumbai Thane and Navi Mumbai, (Mumbai Metropolitan Region) and the remaining five will be for Pune.The benefit of these conciliation teams will be that if the developer or the home buyer wants they can amicably settle the matter even before reaching the authority.“We are in the process of setting up an Alternate Dispute Resolution mechanism through these conciliation committees. We are optimistic that we will be able to start operations of these from January 1,” said Shirish Deshpande, president of Mumbai Grahak Panchayat (MGP).For now, the aim is setting up conciliation teams for Mumbai Metropolitan Region and Pune as most of the complaints received from homebuyers are for projects from these markets. If this is successful then the authority may go to other areas like Nagpur, Nashik and others.”This is being done in the backdrop of MahaRERA receiving a lot of complaints and wants to set up a filter. This body can be approached by homebuyer and builder for reaching a consensus, thereby leaving only matters that cannot be resolved for MahaRERA’s intervention,” said Deshpande.Members of Realty developers’ associations including pan-India bodies such as National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) and the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) apart from state level body the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) will be part of these benches.To represent home buyers, the bench will have members from Mumbai Grahak Pnachayat.Under this mechanism, home buyers’ complaints against the builders can be resolved through a consensus. If the consensus is not reached, the home buyer will have an option available to lodge a formal complaint against the builder in MahaRERA.The authority has been swift in its hearings of the home buyer complaints and has been delivering verdicts at the earliest.The authority has now decided to set up these benches to ensure that numbers of complaints reaching them are fewer after taking care of such cases that can be resolved through consensus.

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Housing board moots extra area at lower cost

Tenants of dilapidated cessed buildings situated in South Mumbai should be allowed to buy up to 200 square feet of extra space at ‘construction cost’ from the developer redeveloping their building. This is one of the suggestions of the state government constituted a committee on housing. Currently, a tenant is entitled to get 300 sq ft house following redevelopment. If accepted the new rule may reduce the differences between tenants and developers and will also allow tenants with bigger families to stay together. There are more than 14,000 such dilapidated cessed buildings located in South Mumbai. These buildings pay a cess to MHADA for their repair. Many projects in the area are stuck either because of the tenants’ refusal to vacate their houses or when the developer delays a certain project. While the suggestion sounds good, architects who plan the building say that the tenant should at the time of planning of the building inform the developer about the extra space. “While giving extra space at construction cost wouldn’t be feasible for a developer but it can bring in liquid at initial stage to the developer, which will be of help to him in carrying out construction,” said Arqam Shaikh, of Arc associates.

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Taximen colony set to get makeover

One of Mumbai’s oldest housing society is ready to shed its old look for a new one. The Bombay Taximen Cooperative housing society, located at the mouth of the city’s suburban business district, Bandra Kurla Complex spread over 8.4 acres, is up for redevelopment. According to sources, the society will finalise a developer soon. The society, originally formed by taximen of the city, was inaugurated by Founder of Bombay Taximen Union George Fernandes in 1972.The society, with a total area 34,354 sq mts, comprises 656 flats and 30 shops and boasts of its proximity to the planned Metro II project.It is a prime land located at the mouth of BKC and in close proximity to Kurla station. “The society was formed in 1972 whose original members were taxi drivers and owners, but at the same time, non-taxi driving community members were included in it. Today, we have over 600 flats and 30 shops, and following the guidelines set by the state authorities, we are seeking developers who can redevelop the society,” said Shaikh Gulam Jilani, chairman of the society.Al Quadros, a senior union leader said, “We procured a loan from LIC and charged every member of the society only Rs 19,000 for a flat. There were then more than 600 flats but now only 10-15 taxi drivers reside in the colony. Back then we got the land for a pittance, but now the same flats are priced at Rs 1 crore and above.”Currently, the Taximen colony is one of the largest housing society in the city. While the real estate market isn’t very good, and many developers aren’t opting for new projects, the society is hopeful that they will find developers.”Mumbai has to develop and redevelopment is the way. We are hopeful that developers will redevelop this society too. We cannot disclose the area of redeveloped homes that we are looking for but we are sure that things will turn for better,” said Jilani.ABOUT THE SOCIETY1972 The society was inaugurated by George Fernandes.2013 The society first attempted to get the colony redeveloped but didn’t succeed.656 Total number of flats in the society30 Total number of shops8.4 acres The total area of the society. 34,354 sq mts Total area as in possession of the society.

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RTI reply: 19000 Kashmiri migrants moved to Delhi, 40000 still settled in Jammu

Since 1990, due to militancy issues in the Kashmir valley, 61,000 Kashmiri Pandit families along with some Muslim and Sikh families have migrated from the valley. However, surprisingly 40,000 are still residing in the state, and are in Jammu, while 19,000 have come to Delhi and remaining 2,000 to various other parts of the country. This has been revealed in an RTI reply from the Ministry of Home Affairs (Jammu and Kashmir Division), Government of India. The RTI was filed by a Pune based entrepreneur Prafful Sarda seeking details on how many Kashmiri Pandita have been affected by the militancy. He had posed an array of questions, of which the ministry replied only this much. For the remaining ones he has been asked to apply under RTI rules prevalent in Jammu and Kashmir state, which is different from the rest of the country. The RTI reply reads, “Due to militancy in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in the early 1990s most of the Kashmiri Pandit families along with some Sikh and Muslim families migrated from the Kashmir valley to Jammu, Delhi and other parts of the country. More than 40,000 registered Kashmiri Migrant families are residing in Jammu, about 19,000 registered Kashmiri Migrant families are living in Adelphi and about 2000 families are settled in other states.” Also readKashmiri pandit’s sweet gesture: Candies for Eid processionSarda claims his reason for seeking this information was that, “With this RTI figures, I wish to highlight our courts do have time to know and understand Rohingya Muslims issue but the citizen of this country “Kashmiri Pandits” are fighting for justice and courts have not given any firm decision in last 30 years.”

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Denied homes, slum dwellers protest against Malad builder

More than 94 slum dwellers have been sitting on a protest against Omkar Developers in Malad alleging that the builder, who had taken up the redevelopment project has not kept up the promise of alloting their homes. Wednesday marks their 575th day of protest. The developer, however, argues that the slum dwellers are ineligible to get these homes because they lived in lofts and not shanties. The protestors have erected a tent on the service road off the Western Express Highway, and sleep there in turns. A board next to this tent has a list of their demands, and another board mentions the number of days of protest.Bacchu Chavan, a slum dweller, said, “In the entire project, there are 4,900 plus slum dwellers. But only 94 residents are protesting. Our issue is that the developer had initially promised us homes and he even gave us rent money for four years. We have the photocopies of cheques where he paid Rs 96,000 per year. However, now he has stopped giving us the rent money, and we have no option except to protest.” A spokesperson from Omkar said, “We would like to emphatically state that the 94 agitators are loft residents and hence not eligible for free housing under the state government SRA policy guideline. Omkar and its working policy are bound by the legal SRA guidelines and the matter hence is between the agitators and SRA. This is a larger matter governing all SRA projects in Mumbai.”According to Pravinbhai, another slum dweller protesting at the site said, “We have had several meetings with the developer and SRA officials, the developer representative had assured us that they are ready to pay us money or give us home in suburbs like Mira Road, but both are not feasible. Talking about the loft, there are many other slum dwellers who were loft residents but have got homes and they are residing there. Then why should we suffer.”

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Rs 2,000 notes are here to stay

This should put an end to the rumours of Rs 2,000 note being demonetized anytime soon. In an RTI query filed by a Pune based activist Prafful Sarda, seeking clarification on whether there were plans to demonetize Rs 2000 notes to promote digital and cashless transactions, the RBI replied that the query is hypothetical in nature. Apart from this, the RBI also revealed in the RTI query that, the total value of the notes in circulation as on November 4, 2016, just three days before the announcement of demonetization was Rs 17.87 trillion, and Rs 15.28 trillion was deposited till June 30, 2017. The RTI was filed on November 11, and the date of reply is December 7.The 17.87 trillion includes the notes of Rs 1, 2, 5, 20, and 100 apart from the demonetized Rs 500 and 1000 notes. However, the bank has no information on how many Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes were collected in income tax raids and other illegal activities. The queries also included on how much money deposited in non performing loan account, non performing account and non performing assets, to which the reply from RBI stated that it didn’t have information on. Also readGujarat tops in fake Rs 2000 note seizuresOn the question of demonetization of Rs 2,000 notes, the RBI replied, that the query is hypothetical in nature and not information as contemplated under section 2 (f) of RTI Act, 2005.Even the total money deposited in the banks, post demonetization, is subject to future corrections, and can change. Till the last update, the figure stands at Rs 15.28 trillion. Sarda is an entrepreneur based in Pune and claims that his RTI will now put an end to the rumour of Rs 2000 note being demonetized. Apart from this also says that his aim was to check the number of notes deposited. He said, “The decision taken by PM Modi was historic and had received mix reaction from every section of the society. Rs 15.28 trillion of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes deposited in banks is quite high than the actual valuation. I must say the government took the right decision, which will help Indian economy in the long run,” said Sarda.

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CIDCO to release 8k affordable homes

This new year will bring a good news for people wanting to buy homes. Nearly 8,000 homes in Navi Mumbai’s Ghansoli, Taloja, and Dronagiri will be put for sale by the CIDCO in the coming months.The homes, which are in the affordable segment, will be mainly for the Economically Weaker sections of the society and the Lower Income Group. The per square foot prices for the homes will be anywhere between Rs 5,400-5,600 on carpet. A compact 1 BHK thus would cost up to Rs 18 lakh and above.Confirming the same, Bhushan Gagrani, Managing Director, CIDCO said, “The figures are correct, and it is true that we have a scheme of mass housing. The rate will be worked out in a couple of weeks and the rate should be between Rs 5,400-5,600 per square foot on carpet.”The rates haven’t been finalised yet, and the concerned department is working on them. They should be decided by the end of this year. While Gagrani specified that the lottery isn’t coming next month, a senior officer from CIDCO said that within two to three months, the process should start. Only last month, MHADA held a lottery for its nearly 800 houses in Mumbai, for which nearly 70,000 people had applied.The other factor to be taken into consideration is that under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY), Navi Mumbai already has got approvals for more than 15,000 homes. The 15,000 homes approved for Navi Mumbai will be constructed by the CIDCO at Taloja, Kalamboli, Kharghar and Dronagiri. The project comprises homes for the Economically Weaker Section and the Lower Income Group.For the houses, under PMAY, around 300 sq ft each, the central government allocates Rs 1.5 lakh, while the state’s share is Rs 1 lakh. This brings down the cost of the home further down by a total of Rs 2.5 lakh.Apart from CIDCO, under PMAY, nearly 3,000 more homes are going to come up in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, which are being constructed by the MHADA.APPROXIMATE COSTThe per square foot cost of the houses is pegged at around Rs 5,400-5,600 A compact 1 BHK would cost up to Rs 18 lakh and above However, final rates will be out after the concerned department has worked on them

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Maharashtra RERA trashes home buyer’s complaint over ‘forum shopping’, says can’t ‘ride two horses’

A home buyer cannot do a forum shopping in regards to his complaint, he has to choose between MahaRERA or the the consumer forum.The MahaRERA held this view while dismissing a complaint of a home buyer who had filed a complaint at MahaRERA and also at consumer disputes redressal commission.The complainant a home buyer Deepak Tejwani, had filed a complaint with Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority, contending therein that he had booked a flat no. 506 in C-2, Siddhi project of the developer situated at Shahad, Kalyan.It is the grievance of the complainant that the developer Anil Chabria has not executed the agreement for sale of the said flat and register it. The respondent has also failed to inform him about the status of the construction.The developer then brought to the notice of MahaRERA, that the home buyer had filed CC no. 870 of 2017 before the Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Maharashtra State, Mumbai on 14.06.2017 in respect of same flat against the developer and one of the prayers of the said complaint is also regarding the execution and registration of the agreement for sale.”The complainant wants to ride on two horses at a time which is not permissible in view of Section 71 of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016. The complainant is at liberty to proceed with only one case, either the case before the Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission or MahaRERA.”When the complainant has been asked to choose one, he submits that if MahaRERA grants his relief in this complaint then he shall withdraw the complaint filed before the Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. I find that the complainant cannot do a forum shopping, hence, this complaint is dismissed,” read the order passed by MahaRERA member BD Kapadnis.

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Mumbai Bank offers Rs 50 cr loan for self-redevelopment

One of Mumbai’s banks gave a presentation to MHADA on Tuesday that it will give loans to societies to the tune of Rs 50 crore for self redevelopment. The bank in question is the Mumbai Bank.There are nearly 30,000 societies across the city, including cessed buildings located in South Mumbai, which need a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the MHADA to go ahead with redevelopment.The bank has said that it will directly pay the authority the money required for the permissions and will sanction the loan from the start of the project. This will eliminate the developer, to an extent, and the dependency of the societies on them for redevelopment.There are nearly 14,000 cessed buildings in the south of Mumbai, which are not only dangerous to cohabit, but also need urgent redevelopment as there’s a lack of transit accommodation within city limits. Many developers have got into redevelopment of these buildings but projects are stuck for various reasons, one of them being that tenants of these building do not want to shift to far away transit camps, thus not vacating the buildings. Apart from this, real estate market is also suffering a financial crunch, leading to many developers delaying their projects. Tenants thus continue to stay in dangerous buildings.Recently, this paper reported on how a committee of MLAs to look into the housing issues of the city had suggested that self redevelopment of cessed buildings be given certain concessions such as extra FSI. However, experts had raised the question of societies generating the initial finance required to get permissions, hire contractors and even architects. Under self redevelopment, the committee of the housing societies appoints a contractor to carry out construction and pays them. They get a larger space and a larger corpus amount too.Milind Mahiskar, CEO and VP, MHADA said, “The idea is good and MHADA will fully support it.” MHADA will be the authority that will be issuing the no objection certificate to cessed buildings.A bank official said, “This will also be of benefit to buildings which are under CRZ and under the funnel zone of the airport.
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Bombay High Court verdict on RERA invites mixed reactions

Bombay High Court verdict confirming the constitutional validity of RERA has invited mixed reaction from the developer community. However, housing experts have welcomed the court’s verdict in the interest of house buyers. On Wednesday, Bombay HC rejected the pleas of certain developers challenging the validity of the RERA act. However, it allowed extension of time for handing possession if the delay is because of valid reasons.Niranjan Hiranandani, Head of NAREDCO, a national body of real estate developers said, “They have upheld the law, extension of time for valid reason beyond a year also has been allowed. The result is as expected.”Meanwhile, some developers said that they pursued the matter half-heartedly, as they had already predicted the outcome. “The result that came out is as expected. While RERA is good as an act, but then it is for rich developers.Take the case of Navi Mumbai. Most of the city was built by small and unorganized developers,” said Arvind Goel, of CREDAI-MCHI, Navi Mumbai. On the other hand housing experts have come in support of the order and have affirmed that the developers need not worry.
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Transgender bookseller at Dadar makes a statement

Disha Pinky Shaikh, a 33-year-old transgender from Ahmednagar, is in Shivaji Park to run a stall to sell books during the Mahaparinirvan congregation to observe Dr Ambedkar’s death anniversary. The rains did play spoilsport on Tuesday; however, she hopes that Wednesday will be better. Disha is the first transgender to run a book stall during the event.Along with the books on Ambedkar, Disha’s stall also sells books on gender issues. She says that the huge gathering of people at Shivaji Park should be exposed to gender issues along with books on Ambedkar’s teachings.Every year on December 6 lakhs of followers of Ambedkar gather at the Chaityabhoomi to commemorate his death anniversary. As memorabilia, they buy books on Ambedkar, Buddhism, and related issues from the stalls set up there.Disha believes that it is because of drafting of the Constitution, in which Ambedkar played a vital role, that she is able to have some rights of her own. “I am drawn to Ambedkar and his writing on Buddhism. I don’t belong to the Buddhist faith; however, I like reading about the faith. I am the first transgender to have a book stall here and am hopeful that this will inspire others in my community,” said Disha.
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MLAs suggest time-bound redevelopment of old bldgs

In a bid to improve the condition of old cessed buildings, mostly located in south Mumbai, the housing committee of Mumbai MLAs suggested that a contractor, when being appointed for the redevelopment of these buildings, must give a time frame under which the work will be completed. In case the contractor fails to complete the work within the stipulated time, then he must be appropriately fined, they added. This is also an attempt to encourage residents to vacate the dilapidated buildings. The residents are currently hesitant to leave the buildings despite their dangerous conditions as they fear that if they leave, they will never return.The suggestion says that the concerned authority, MHADA, should take an undertaking from the contractor carrying out the redevelopment. It should state the period in which the project will be completed. If the contractor fails to complete the project in the specified period then he should be fined appropriately.This serves two purposes — a time frame is decided for the rehabilitation of the tenants and the confidence among the tenants of getting their homes back within a specific time is instilled.Other suggestions included that a committee of residents and MHADA officials be formed to keep a check on the quality of construction of the redevelopment project. The housing committee also recommended that MHADA should have a one window system for all permissions and approvals for the redevelopment of the old buildings.Arqam Shaikh of Arc Associates, an architecture firm dealing with redevelopment of cessed buildings, said, “The suggestions are good. There are many tenants who are ready to vacate the buildings too, trusting the developer or contractor, but then transit accommodations are far-off which is a hurdle. Residents do not want to go to a far-off place, especially not in the suburbs. Having a time frame will instill confidence among the tenants towards the developer and contractor.”
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When MahaRERA can’t do much about a project

The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority will not entertain complaints against a project if it has received part occupation certificate, even if the document has been issued by mistake, the housing regulator has said. This is so because such buildings need not register and MahaRERA’s jurisdiction is limited to only ongoing projects.Prasad Patkar filed a complaint to contend that he booked Flat No. 104 on the 1st floor in Tower-B of “Runwal Elegante” at Lokhanwala Complex, Oshiwara, Andheri (West). This project consists of A, B and C towers and is a single project. The developer has registered only Tower-A with MahaRERA as ongoing project. For the other two towers, the developer said that they have received part occupancy certificate for the structures. Patkar complained that even Tower B and C are not complete.The developer had sent letters asking the complainant to pay the balance amount of consideration and the complainant in turn asked the developer to furnish the approvals and permissions. The complainant said the builder wrote to him saying he would be charged interest for failing to clear the payment on time.On September 20, 2017, the developer informed Patkar that they have terminated his agreement for his failure to pay the remaining installments. He was also informed that the initial payments would forfeited.These matter was heard by a full bench to consider the issue of their maintainability. The advocate for the complainant admitted that the flat booked by the complainant is in Tower-B and the part occupancy certificate in respect of Tower-B has been issued. He also said that the said OCs had been issued wrongly. The developer’s lawyer contended that since the OCs have been issued in respect of B and C towers, they are not registered with MahaRERA.The full bench of the authority held, “From the facts and circumstances disclosed in the complaints themselves, it becomes clear that the flats of the complainants are in Tower-B for which occupancy certificate has been issued by the competent authority. Whether it is issued properly or improperly by the said authority is not the issue which can be gone into by MahaRERA especially when the Complainant has approached the proper forum in this regard.”Dismissing the complaint, MahaRERA said, “As per Section 3 of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act,2O16, the ongoing projects which have received the completion certificate do not require registration. In the light of these provisions when the part occupancy certificate in respect of B and C Towers has been received by the developer, they have rightly not registered those two towers and registered only Tower A which is incomplete. MahaRera gets jurisdiction to entertain only those complaints which relate to a registered project. So far as the locus standi of the Complainants is concerned, their flats are situated in Tower B which is not registered with MahaRERA, therefore, MahaRERA does not get jurisdiction to entertain his complaints. They are not maintainable.”
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CSMT hunts for rental HQ till new building comes

To make room for the world-class rail museum, the Central Railway has planned to move out of its Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) headquarters to P D’mello Road. However, till the transition is over, it is looking for an 8,000 square metre office space within two kilometre radius of the station. To that end, an expression of interest for hiring office space was floated on Saturday by the CR.A copy of the letter to that end, available with DNA, by General Manager Central Railway, DK Sharma to Ashwani Lohani, Chairman Railway Board, read, “Railway Minister has instructed that existing CR HQ at CSMT shall be relocated and the heritage building thus vacated will be converted into a world class Rail Museum. Location for construction of new Headquarters building for CR has been identified near P D’mello road. The proposal for new office building is being initiated and shall be submitted shortly for sanction in Works Programme 2018-19. In the interim period, till new building is constructed, possibility of adjusting offices situated in CSMT building, temporarily, in other building or and by hiring a suitable building is being explored.”The letter further reads, “In this regard, it is indicated that Central Railway has already proposed a work in Works Programme 2018-19 for upgradation/rehabilitation of building, including relocation of electric sub-station and telephone exchange at a cost of approximately Rs 41 crore. The work needs to be sanctioned on priority for early execution.” When contacted, Sharma withheld comment.However, a senior railway officer from CSMT, confirmed the details and said, ”After the railway minister said that CSMT be converted into a museum, his orders had to be carried out. Hence, the expression of interest was issued, so that we including all top offices situated in the building, vacate the property to some other place till the time the new building is constructed.”
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Tender notice issued for police township

In one of the biggest construction projects to be carried out in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, a project belonging to the Brihanmumbai Police Co-operative Housing Society (proposed) will comprise 8,200 individual homes and cost Rs 1,225 crore. It will have houses for police constables and their widows and is located in Village Vayal close to the proposed International Airport in Navi Mumbai. The land was bought after 6,000 constables pooled in Rs 1.20 lakh each. They bought 107 acre of land from farmers and Rs 12 crore is still in excess.Pratap Dighavkar, Additional Commissioner, Thane Police, handling the project said, “We are going to give 650 sq ft carpet area project to every constable. These will be two bedroom hall kitchen flats with balconies. We haven’t decided the cost per flat but only construction cost will be charged to every constable.”If this is the first home of the constable then he will also be eligible for a subsidy of Rs 2.50 lakh under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna. “This is the biggest welfare project in the state concerning police personnel,” said Dighavkar.A tender notice was issued on Thursday by the Sanstha inviting contractors who have experience in planning, designing and constructing approximately 8,200 individual apartments within high-rise residential buildings including stilt parking, along with site development and infrastructure services for the housing project.The completion period for the project is 36 months from the date of Letter of Intent.
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Nagpada locals take traffic woes to top cop

To get rid of the traffic problems in Claire road, Nagpada, Madanpura, and Sakli street, locals and local corporator Rais Shaikh held a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) on Thursday.In the meeting, various issues regarding the traffic situation in the area came up including the encroachments on the streets despite the narrow roads and illegal parking, and other issues.The residents claimed that even buses changed their routes because of the situation on the streets.“Schools in the area have grounds. Despite this, all their buses are parked on the street causing undue traffic congestion. All these issues were discussed by the locals with the authorities. We asked them to chart out a plan for proper management of traffic, including cracking down on illegal parking on roads and a proper system of mapping routes on specific roads to ensure smooth traffic movement,” said local corporator Rais Shaikh.
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Special cake to celebrate Eid-e-Milaad, Mahim fair

A 200 kilograms and 30 ft long cake, will be cut on Sunday, December 3, at the gates of Mahim Dargah in Mumbai. It is on the occasion of two events falling together. The Eid-e-milaad-un nabi and also the Mahim fair both are coinciding in the same month and its happening after ages and hence to commemorate the event, the cake is being made. The cake is being specially baked at a famous bakery of the city and will be placed at the gates of the Dargah. The cake after being cut will be distributed amongst all the devotees. Suhail Khandwani, trustee of Mahim Dargah confirmed the event. He said, “On December 3, the cake will be brought to the dargah and placed at the gate. We will cut it as two events important for us is coinciding, the Eid-e-miladd-un nabi and also the Mahim fair. Hence the celebration, the cake later will be distributed to all the devotees.”The cake is being baked at a famous city bakery and the youth of Mahim decided to get this cake and celebrate the event. Mahim Dargah is a revered place for many from all faith. The Mahim Mela (fair) is a popular event in the dargah’s calendar and the coinciding of the event is happening after almost 100-years said Khandwani.
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Mumbai: Regulator asks developer to payback money to home buyer for delay

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When a home buyer approached Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority seeking compensation for the delayed possession of his home, the developer cited pressure from local goon as a reason for delay. However, the authority said its only concern was whether there was delay or not in handing over possession and as there was a delay it ordered the developer to pay interest to the home buyer and also cost to the complainant towards the case.The complainant Pradnya Sable had bought a flat in the developer Kambar Construction’s Ambivali project. Sable complained that she paid nearly 95 per cent of the amount for the flat and she was supposed to get possession before December 2015 and hasn’t got it yet. She sought refund of the money along with interest. The developer agreed to the delay but blamed a local goon. The developer contended that a local goon namely Santosh Gondhale demanded ransom when they started construction. He also compelled them to purchase the building materials and hire trucks, water tankers through him at exorbitant cost.He also started to demand his share in the constructed buildings. The developer claimed that the local gangster shot dead a fellow developer, when he didn’t succumb to his illegal demands. The developer further alleged that therefore, he was under tremendous pressure and had to stop construction work for some time. They did not get any help from police and public authorities, though the offence came to be registered under Maharashtra Control of Organized Control Act against the goon Santosh Gondhale.He was not arrested by police as Gondhale had patronage of Political Leaders. Finally, he was arrested in August 2016 and the developer could start the construction work within next 60 days. They contend that the project would be completed at the end of 2018.The authority held the view that whether the complainant is entitled to get back her money with interest or compensation for the developer’s failure to deliver the possession of the flat on the agreed date, which is the only point for their consideration and answer was in affirmative. Hence, the authority ordered the developer to refund the amount of nearly Rs 7.9 lakh along with interest of 10.15 per cent to the home buyer and allowed the homebuyer to cancel the agreement. Also, the authority asked the developer to pay the homebuyer Rs 20,000 as cost towards the Complaint. The homebuyers had also sought compensation for mental pain, but the authority held that the builder also had to suffer at the hands of a local goon and didn’t award it.

Mumbadevi teachers fund students’ commute to far-off school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the past six months, school teachers and an NGO have been helping nearly 200 students reach a BMC-run Urdu school in Imambara in Mumbadevi from far-flung places such as Dharavi and Govandi. Their quiet benevolence came to the fore at a meeting held last week by the local MLA Amin Patel where he was meeting 17 principals of the Urdu schools located in his constituency. The teachers contributed around Rs 2.10 lakh out of their own pocket while the NGO donated an equal amount.Patel is now meeting the BMC additional commissioner so as to get proper funds for all the schools. If that is not possible from the BMC’s side then Patel plans to rope in NGOs that can help.”The number of students in vernacular schools is dwindling. I called for the meeting to understand the problem. It is then that I was told that students come from Dharavi and Govandi areas. And for them to be able to reach the school, the teachers have given Rs 2.10 lakh from their own salary so that the students can take the bus. Rs 1,500 was spent on each student over the six months. There are 17 schools in the area that are Urdu medium and the aim is to upgrade all of them,” said Patel.Patel, a Congress MLA, is seeking help from BMC to get digital classrooms and other facilities for the students in the schools. “I will talk to BMC and seek funds from them. If they cannot, then I will rope in NGOs so that the students can be provided with the best facilities. There was a college in my constituency which lacked the facility of computer rooms and we have got it for them,” added Patel.Some of the demands Patel plans to present to the BMC include technical facilities and that the students be provided with basic English and Marathi subjects to further their prospects in the future.ANGEL TEACHERSTeachers and an NGO helped nearly 200 students reach a BMC-run Urdu school in Imambara in Mumbadevi. The teachers contributed Rs 2.10 lakh out of their salary. The students come from areas such as Dharavi and Govandi.

Rail fracture between Sion and Matunga disrupts services

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chaos struck the Central Railway on Saturday after a rail between Sion and Matunga on the north-bound fast line developed a fracture. The problem was reported at 9.56 am and disrupted services on the line for nearly two hours. CR authorities said the fracture was repaired by 10.12 am.”Three local trains were delayed due to this. Such rail fractures do happen when there is wide fluctuations in day and night temperatures during winters. Such things are duly detected digitally and manually by patrolling personnel,” said Sunil Udasi, CPRO, Central Railway.While railways claim that they repaired the fracture within few minutes, commuters claim that it took them more than two hours to complete a journey that they normally finish in an hour. Jayesh Vora took a fast train from Dombivali at 9.13 am, but reached Parel at 11.30 am. “My train halted between Vidyavihar and Kurla and I could see a line of trains on the fast line towards CST waiting in queue. I got down, walked on the track and reached Kurla station. From there I took a slow train, the slow trains were over crowded. I finally reached Parel at 11.30 am, normally I would have reached by 10.15 or 10.30 am.”Lacchu Singh, who was travelling towards Thane also got delayed for the wedding he was to attend. “I had a wedding to attend in Thane and when I reached Byculla around 11.30 am and reached Thane in a fast train around 12.30 pm normally by 12 noon I should have reached. The train even on my way back halted for a long time at Vikhroli station.”

MahaRERA order: Form society before possession

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a decision by Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA), a developer has been asked to initiate the process of society formation even before he hands over the possession of the flats. The possession of the flat by the developer will be given by January 31, 2018, however, within 30 days of the order (dated November 23), he has been asked that the process of society formation be initiated, as more than 51 per cent of the apartments in the project have already been sold. Experts say this order will set a precedent, as other developers will have to follow suit. Additionally, though there is conflict as certain rules also state that a society can be formed only after receiving completion certificate, the MahaRERA rule will be held above all this.While hearing a case of delayed by possession filed by homebuyers Sangeeta and Dinesh Mehta against Nandaaj Developers, MahaRERA chairman Gautam Chaterjee passed the order, asking the developer to initiate the process.Following the order, Ramesh Prabhu, chairman of Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association (MSWA), said, “This is a good order and will set a precedent for all developers to follow. There are examples where developers for years do not form a society, because they want to enjoy the benefits. For example, in the initial period after the project is completed, many homebuyers carry out sale of the purchased flat. For this, builders charge them a transfer fees and if they form a society immediately, they will suffer a loss. Now, after sale of 51 per cent of the total flats, they have to initiate a process of society formation.”The complainant had alleged that they entered into a registered agreement for sale dated December 12, 2012 to purchase an apartment in Royal Residency, Parel-Lalbaug, adding that the date of possession was on or before March 31, 2014. But, till date they haven’t received the possession so they sought the authority’s intervention to register the society within a period of one month, as more than 51 per cent of the apartments have been sold.The developer had countered that the building is almost complete and he has applied for Occupation certificate and the possession of the apartemnt will be handed over by January 31, 2018.Hearing the matter, the authority then directed the developer to handover possession of the apartment to he complainant before January 31, 2018, failing which he shall be liable to pay interest to the complainant from February 1, 2018.The authority further directed the developer to initiate the procedure for fomation of society within 30 days from the date of the order.According to Prabhu, there are several other departments that also had different rules for society formation. “Under one of the act, within few months of receiving occupation certificate the developer had to form a society. Another department had this rule that society be formed only after receiving completion certificate. The new ruling of MahaRERA will be over all these. Hence, now, societies will be formed at the earlier benefiting the common home buyer,” he said.

Mumbai LGBTQ community to celebrate pride month in January

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The LGBTQ community will be celebrating the pride month come January, and a ‘Pride Concert’ will be held in Mumbai this year to celebrate the occasion. This year, the Rainbow Voices Mumbai, a LGBTQ choir group from the city, has invited LGBTQ choir groups from across the World to perform at the event. The last day for accepting applications is November 30 and individuals from eight countries have already applied. The theme of the concert is ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’, based on a popular Hindi song of the 1980s which promotes unity in diversity.In October, the invitations via LGBTQ friendly organisations were sent out to different choir groups throughout the world. “We have received applications from UK, USA, France, Singapore, and other countries. We are hoping to have at least a dozen individual members from all over the World for the event that will be held on January 27 at G5A, in Kamala Mill Compound,” said Ashish Pandya, the spokesperson for Rainbow Voices Mumbai. The tickets will be priced between Rs 300-500 and to raise funds for the organising of the event, the group has posted an appeal online too.”This year we have invited individual members from LGBT choirs across the world to join us in our 2018 concert – ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara/Let our Voices Unite’. Our Goal for this performance is to create awareness about the issues faced by the LGBT community to find its identity in Modern India. With the transformative power of music we wish to imagine a future free of discrimination, oppression, ignorance and prejudice, and to encourage compassion and activism,” said Pandya.In January 2017, a pride concert was held at NCPA, which was attended by London’s Pink Singers, one of the longest LGBTQ choir group in Europe. Later, the Rainbow Voices Mumbai even did a concert with them and performed in London pride.

In the name of Charlie! Every dog in Vikhroli to have a feast

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the interveniong night of November 30 and December 1, 160 stray dogs in VIkhroli area are going to have a feast. They will be served rice, dal and chicken by a family that actually serves them food everyday without fail. However, what’s special this time is December 1, marks the birth anniversary of Charlie, one of the pet dog the Singh family lost on November 8. Another pet dog in the family, Blackie, also celebrates his birthday on December 1.Actually, the Singhs, who reside in Vikhroli East, have two special days every year when they go serve the dogs in their vicinity with special food. However, this year, they have decided to even the common public. Daniel Singh, took to the online platforms and announced the feeding of the strays. “We do this every year. This year, we have invited people too to come along with us and this will spread awareness about what we do. There are many who help us as we require 400 kilograms of rice a month, more than 1 kilograms of chicken and other products and it’s a big task for us to get it on a daily basis. But we somehow manage, there are people who do support,” she said.On November 30, they will be in the day feeding some 60 strays and in the night around 100-110. “There are some dogs who don’t ventur out in day time, while some come out only in night so on Charlie’s Birthday, whom we lost on November 8, we will be feeding all the starts with special food, a pulao or biryani like wholesome meal.”Most of the meal is sponsored by the salary of Singh’s brother. Those who want to be there on November 30 can personally visit and feed or even contribute to them.Normally the Singh’s on every Thanksgiving and Christmas feed the dogs with special food, and this year also they are continuing the tradition just that the day has changed. Their home is filled with stray dogs whom they have adopted and all of them stay with the family.

Thane Municipal Corporation gives reserved plots to developers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane Municipal Corporation got a policy passed in the Genera body that will allow them to sell reserved plot for school, recreation ground and others to developers at 125 per cent of the ready reckoner rate. The developer, in turn, has to construct the amenity earmarked on the plot in 40 per cent area and remaining can be used by developer. Environmentalists have termed it a bad idea as, they claim once the land is gone to a developer then it’s gone forever.Confirming the policy decision SH Gohil, Assistant Town Planner of Thane Municipal corporation, said, “The policy states that plots with reservations, will be sold to the developers. The developer will have to pay 125 per cent of the ready reckoner rate of the plot. The developer then will have to construct the amenity for which the land is reserved on the 40 per cent of the total land. This amenity has to be handed over to the Corporation free of cost.”On the remaining 60 per cent of the land, the developer will be allowed to carry out construction. “The developer can use the 100 per cent FSI available on the land for carrying out construction,” said Gohil.This will mean a lot of find in terms of sale of land for the municipal corporation. The senior officials in Corporation say, this is a win win situation for All. “Corproation shall get money, citizens will get amenities like school, play ground and others. Though the rate of 125 per cent is high, non availability of land in the city limits will fetch Corporation food amount,” said a senior officials.However, environmentalists have panned the idea, they say once an open land is lost it’s gone forever. Rishi Agarwal, environmentalists puts it this way, the developer will benefit with this policy and open spaces will be gone. “There are very few open spaces we need to protect them and not serve the developers on a platter to generate revenue. Also, when a developer takes the land and even if they develop the amenity there are many examples to prove these amenities are my much of use for common people. This whole move is objectionable and thought on how to generate revenue instead of giving away open spaces reserved for amenities be thought about,” he said.While the Corporation didn’t give any specific number on how many open spaces with reservation exist, it could be huge in number several hectares of land.Meanwhile, an official claimed that this will help the land from being usurped by illegal encroachment like slums or others.

3rd party to need allottees’ consent

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If a developer wishes to transfer or assign his rights of a project to a third party, he will need two-third consent of the allottees before doing so. He will also have to inform MahaRERA on the same. The authority came out with a ruling on the same this month, giving more power to home buyers and preventing developers from running away or shirking responsibility. The new developer too will have to fulfill all promises made by the previous one.The new rule reads, “In accordance with Section 15 of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, the promoter shall not transfer or assign his majority rights and liabilities in respect of a real estate project to a third party without obtaining prior written consent from two-third allottees, and without the prior written approval of the Authority.”On receipt of such application, MahaRERA shall then pass an order within a month either granting approval or not. The rule is relaxed in cases where the company is changing from a partnership to a private limited company.

Won’t entertain pre-RERA plaint

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If a homebuyer has taken possession of a flat before May 2017, when the Real Estate Regulatory Act (RERA) came into force, then the buyer cannot seek compensation from the developer for delayed possession. The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) dismissed a complaint on the same grounds, wherein the home buyer was promised a home in 2013 but was given possession only in March 2015.The complainant, Mahadeo Nalawade, filed a complaint under Section 18 of Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 for getting interest and compensation on the investment made by him for purchasing a flat in developer APL Yashomangal’s Alfa Greenfields Project in Pune. The complainant contended that he purchased the flat from the developer who had agreed to deliver its possession by December 2013. The developer failed to deliver the possession as agreed, therefore Nalawade claimed interest/compensation on his investment.The developer denied Nalawade’s allegation that he failed to give the possession of his flat. According to the developer, Nalawde has been possessing the flat from November 2015 and the fit out possession was given in March 2015 itself.Nalawade admitted these facts. However, his submission was that he wants interest/compensation for the delayed period from April 2014 to March 2015 when he received the fit out possession.While dismissing the complaint, BD Kapadnis, member, MahaRERA said in his order, “In this case, the fit out possession has been given in March 2015 and the complainant has been residing in the flat from November 2015.Therefore, the cause of action to claim compensation for the delayed possession did not survive on May 1, 2017 when the Act came into force. Since the possession is given, Section 18 of RERA will have no role to play. In this situation, I find that the complaint is not maintainable under Section 18 of the Act and it will have to be dismissed.”

Indrani Mukerjea leases her property for Rs 3.46L/month

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indrani Mukerjea, who is accused of killing her daughter Sheena Bora, and is currently behind bars, recently gave her 2,756 sq ft property on lease. The property that was in news after her arrest is in Phoenix House, Lower Parel, and she has given it on lease for a period of 55-months.Documents available with DNA show that she will receive Rs 3.46 lakh per month as rent which will increase to Rs 4.01 lakh towards the end. A deposit of 18 lakh has also been accepted.The deal was signed in September and a micro finance company located in Chennai has been leased the office space.On Indrani’s behalf, a certain KMT Radhakrishnan signed the deal, the address mentioned is of Marlow building, Pochkanwala, Worli.The property leased by Indrani Mukerjea is located on the fifth floor of C Wing in Phoneix House, Lower Parel. A stamp duty of 51,600 was also paid to the government.According to a real estate broker from South Mumbai, there’s not much to read into the deal. The price at which the office space has been leased is as per market standards.After the arrest of Indrani Mukerjea in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case, this particular property did feature in several news reports as several angles were being probed into to find the motive behind the murder.

Parle Agro Pvt Ltd buys 4 luxury flats for Rs 168.49 cr

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what is being seen as one of the most high-value real estate acquisitions in the city in recent months, four flats for Rs 168.49 crore measuring 2866 square metre have been bought by Parle Agro Pvt Ltd. All the four flats are located in Worli’s upcoming tower Three Sixty West. Each flat measures 716.5 square metre and cost Rs 42.12 crore each.The buyers, Parle Agro Pvt Ltd, even paid Rs 8.4 crore as stamp duty for the flats, which were registered on November 16. Along with the four flats, the buyer has also got 16 car parks. The flats are located on 21, 22, 24 and 26th habitable floor in the tower B of the building.In June this year, businessman Deven Mehta bought two flats and paid Rs 114 crore for the flats in Lodha Altamount, Malabar Hill. Mehta even paid Rs 5.71 crore as stamp duty. The area of both flats is 1007 square metre.Another businessman, Kumarpal Jain, bought two flats in Lodha Altamount, Malabar Hill. He paid Rs 102 crore for the flat including Rs 4.88 crore as stamp duty fees. Jain bought the flats in September and October.Actor Akshay Kumar, in August 2015, had paid Rs 27.94 crore to buy a flat in Three Sixty West. Also, actor Abhishek Bachchan bought a flat in the same builing by paying Rs 41.14 crore in November 2014.According to the website of Oberoi Realty, “Three Sixty West is a mixed-use development located in Worli and comprises two towers. One will house a five star Hotel and the other will have luxury residences.”A detailed email sent to Parle Agro Pvt Ltd, seeking a response, did not elicit any reply. Vikas Oberoi of Oberoi Realty could not be reached for comments.

Cessed bldgs: Panel suggests tough action

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A committee formed by the state government for the redevelopment of cessed buildings has suggested that if a developer abandons a redevelopment project midway and isn’t completing it, then the government may auction his other properties and use the funds to complete the project.Ajay Choudhari, Shiv Sena MLA from Sewree and member of the committee said, “If a developer abandons the project midway, why should tenants suffer? His other properties should be attached, and it should be auctioned off. The funds can then be used to redevelop the property, and through Mhada it can be redeveloped.”The suggestions made by Choudhari and other members of the committee are with housing department right now.There are more than 100 projects where redevelopment of cessed buildings by private developers, as allowed under Development Control Regulation 33 (7), are stuck owing to the delays caused by them.Choudhari said that some tenants and residents had approached the High Court in a similar case of a developer abandoning the project. “In this case, the court had suggested auctioning off the other properties belonging to the developer to complete the project so then why not here,” said Choudhari.

Girgaum residents get ATVM attendant

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Residents of Girgaum have something to cheer about. Finally, the Railways have paid heed to their request and appointed an attendant at the Automatic Ticket Vending Machine (ATVM) placed on Platform number 4 of Charni Road station.The locals have been complaining that since the FOB, connecting Thakurdwar and other areas of Girgaum to the Charni Road station was shut, their commuting has become difficult. A part of the Girgaum FOB crashed post in October. The residents had been complaining about the dilapidated condition of the bridge for a long time before the mishap took place. However, no action was taken. After the bridge was shut, the residents — especially the students and senior citizens — faced trouble reaching the station.Zebra crossing and other such steps were taken so that crossing the road becomes easier. However, the residents have been complaining that they had to either walk to the other side of the station risking getting caught by TC or a long journey on the extreme end of the station to get tickets. Only last week, Aamhi Girgaumkar, a local resident group, had even written to the station master about the same.Amit Bhadricha, one of the residents of Girgaum, who travels every day using Charni Road station, said, “We thank the railways for paying heed to our request. This will be of great help to school going students and senior citizens who do not know how to use an ATVM. Also, this will save our labour of going all the way to the other end of the station.”

Mumbai: MahaRERA rules in favour of home buyers, instructs developer to complete construction

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An association of 53 home buyers approached the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority, complaining that the developer has not registered agreements for sale and has failed to hand over possession in 2014 as promised during booking. The authority ordered the developer to register the agreement and the developer also agreed to shift these home buyers in another wing of the building which is likely to be completed soon. The buyers had booked apartments in the project NEPTUNE ELEVE WING A, located at Kanjur Marg, Mumbai, and have paid 10% to 30% of the consideration amount towards the purchase of the apartments from 2010 to 2012. After an initial hearing on the second date of hearing the developer Neptune Ventures and developers private limited, stated that after discussion with the complainants, they will shift all the complainants to NEPTUNE ELEVE WING C or D as these buildings are likely to be completed earlier than the remaining wings in the project.The complainants agreed, but with several conditions, like they should not be required to pay any amounts for the said transfer with respect to floor rise etc, money to be charged by the promoter should be as per the subvention scheme as advertised by the promoter, GST input credit obtained by the developer to be passed on by the promoter to the complainants and finally, the revised date of completion mentioned in MahaRERA website is December 2025, the possession of their apartments should be handed over before June 2021.While disposing the complaint, the authority directed the developer to, execute and register the agreements for sale. The developer was directed to handover the possession of the apartments to the complainant before the period ending June 2021, failing which the respondent shall be liable to pay interest to the complainant from July 2021, till the actual date of possession. The developer cannot charge for floor rise if the buyers are shifted within 4 floors of the originally allotted floor or if shifted to a higher floor due to non-availability of apartments in Wing C or D. Also he has to pass on GST input credit to the complainants as and when credited into the promoter’s account.

It’s raining offers at CREDAI-MCHI property expo

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was an offer galore at the ongoing CREDAI-MCHI property exhibition at Bandra Kurla Complex. Developers appeared far more realistic in their sales pitches offering price discounts as high as 10 to 15 per cent.One developer was even offering 1BHK free on the purchase of a flat in one of his projects while others were offering a car or free stamp duty and registration. The four-day long exhibition began on Thursday and will conclude on Sunday.Shailesh Sanghiv of Sanghiv developers, who has projects in Dahisar and other parts of the town, had a fortune wheel placed at his stall offering car and 1BHK flat free along with the purchase of a 2 BHK flat or a 1 BHK flat.”The free flat is in Asangaon, and if the buyer doesn’t want the free house the price will be adjusted in his purchase in Mumbai. We want to sell flats and hence the offer,” said Sanghvi.Tejas Vyas, Chairman of CREDAI-MCHI’s exhibition committee said, “We had asked developers to give discounts and offers as they deem fit. Even big brands in the world sell their products at 50 per cent of total price during sale period. The property exhibition takes place only once a year so developers are offering heavy discounts and offers.”However, homebuyers claim that the prices are still very high and out of reach for many. “There are offers but developers have hiked the rate first then put a discount on it, which doesn’t make the offer exciting. I was expecting discounts but not much is being offered in real terms,” said Syed Noorudin, a homebuyer.

Sharmila Thackeray acquires property

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A file pertaining to the development of a property named Makhanwala bungalow located in Shivaji Park is under consideration at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s G-North ward office.The title of the property was assigned to Sharmila Thackeray, partner of Tathaastu Builders LLP and wife of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, in 2016 for Rs 7.5 crore.When contacted, Sharmila Thackeray said, “I do not talk about my business. You can get details from the BMC.”The file has an inward date of September 13, 2017, and the subject reads, “Development of property, situated at Shivaji Park, Keluskar (South) Road, Dadar (W), Makhanwala Bungalow.” Sharmila Thackeray refused to divulge details on the nature of development on this property.According to documents available with DNA, the assignment deed, for the property measuring 500.84 sqmts, was signed between Tathaasthu Builders LLP’s Partner Sharmila Raj Thackeray and Lopa Makhanwala, Ramila Bhatt and Ketan Makhanwala.The total consideration amount was Rs 7.50 crore, the plot measures 500.85 sqmts and has a bungalow named Makhanwala.The deed was signed in January 2016. This property is in the same lane as that of Raj Thackeray’s present residence Krushna Kunj.All permissions for the building have been issued to Sharmila Thackeray.

Corporator wants extra supply of water in C-ward

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Local BJP corporator Akash Purohit is demanding an extra hour of water in the market areas of South Mumbai’s C-Ward comprising areas like Bhuleshwar, Kalbadevi, Chira Bazaar and others. This is his demand for the floating crowd that comes to work in the area. The corporator has written a letter to the BMC chief saying that an hour’s supply of water is insufficient for residents as well as for the market area of C-ward.Almost 26 different wholesale markets are situated in the area, more than 2 lakh people live in chawls, and lakhs of people are in the area every day. Thus, this ward has a huge floating population creating a huge demand for water. “C ward gets its water supply from Malabar Hill reservoir through SK Patil garden. The chawls and buildings get water supply for one hour between 5 and 6 am, which is insufficient. Plus, the homes are small and storage capacity is limited. Apart from local residents, people coming to work also need water for drinking and sanitary purposes, but even they face water scarcity,” read the letter.The other problem is that of contaminated water. “There are many houses adjacent to the chawls and buildings, garbage and dirty water seeps into the soil and then gets into the pipelines wherever there are leaks, creating the problem of contamination,” said Purohit.Purohit has suggested that the timing of water supply be extended to 5-9 am instead of 5-6 am for residents, and that in addition to that, an extra hour of water supply be given during the day time for the floating population that comes in to work. He also wants house gullies be cleaned and special funds be provided for it.The ward officer for C-Ward, JS Gheghadmal, wasn’t available for comment.

Mumbai: After successful November lottery, MHADA looks at May 2018 to sell over 1,000 homes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>MHADA has announced that it will be holding a fresh lottery for 1,000 affordable homes, the authority announced. The lottery that will take place in May 2018 will have 60% of homes for low-income groups.The authority had faced flak for having only eight homes targeted at the economically weaker sections of society.Last Friday, MHADA had held the lottery at BKC, and had also broadcast the lottery on social media. Soon after, MHADA’s Mumbai board head Subhash Lakhe told DNA that they will put 1,000 homes in the next lottery. “The next lottery will be held in May 2018 and will have 1000 and more homes. Of this 60 per cent and more homes will be only for the economically weaker section, lower income group and middle income group,” he said,Of these 1000 homes, the authority has almost finalised 700 homes and of this nearly 300 homes in various segments will be located in Goregaon. On Thursday DNA reported how the authority has set a target of 12,000 homes till 2020 and to achieve the target they have started development on various fronts, including carrying out slum redevelopment project on encroached MHADA land and redevelopment of mill land.

Kingfisher House to be auctioned on December 19

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the sixth time, Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher House, located in Andheri, is set go under the hammer. This time, the auction will be held by Debt Recovery Tribunal-II, Karnataka. The reserve price has been set at Rs 82 crore, slipping from the original Rs 150 crore a year-and-a-half ago. Besides this, nine cars, belonging to Kingfisher Airlines Limited, will also be auctioned at Rs 4.90 lakh. While the cars will be auctioned on November 30, the e-auction of the Kingfisher House will be held on December 19.The notice, issued by Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Debts Recovery Tribunal also mentions, says: “The property has been assessed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the property taxes amounting to Rs 1.08 crore for the period of October 1997 to March 1998, and April 2010 to March 2017are allegedly outstanding in municipal records.”The piece of land measures 2401 square metres, consisting of basement, lower ground, ground and one upper floor, measuring 1586.24 square metres. The earnest money for the sale of the house is 10 percent of the reserve price and has to be deposited by December 18. The earnest money for every car is Rs 5,000.”The successful bidder will have to pay up to 25 percent of the purchase consideration after adjustment of the 10 percent EMD before 3 pm of the following day. The remaining 75 percent of the purchase consideration will have to be done within 15 days from the day of the auction.”DRT sent us a proposal that they will auction the property and we accepted it. DRT is also auctioning other properties. It shouldn’t be perceived that we couldn’t sell the property, we have successfully sold the Kingfisher Villa in Goa,” said a senior SBI official.

SBUT to bid for 3 of Dawood’s properties in Bhendi Bazaar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Of the six properties being auctioned by the competent authority, SAFEMA, Mumbai, three properties located in Bhendi Bazaar belonged to fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, and have caught the interest of the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) that is redeveloping Bhendi Bazaar. The auction will be held in Churchgate on Tuesday.The three properties include a two-storied building, Shabnam Guest House; six flats in Damarwala building; and a restaurant Rounaq Afroz. The reserve price for the three properties are Rs 1.21 crore, Rs 1.55 crore and Rs 1.18 crore respectively. The earnest money for the properties are Rs 48.58 lakh, Rs 62.40 and Rs 23.72 lakh.”All the three properties fall within the ambit of Bhendi Bazaar redevelopment that is being carried out by us. We are participating only because the buildings are important for a complete redevelopment,” said a source from SBUT.The authority plans to sell the first two properties as the buildings are dilapidated and dangerous for occupation. “We want the new owners to be serious buyers who will see to it that the tenants are rehabilitated and the buildings are redeveloped,” said the officer.SERIOUS BIDS ONLYTo ensure that only serious buyers participate in the auction, the competent authority has invoked a clause that allows it to prosecute anyone who stalls the auction.

Home buyers failed to pay balance amount

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first in Maharashtra, a developer had approached the housing authority MahaRERA in October to get his remaining money from the home buyers. However, the tables almost turned where the authority told the developer that he cannot ask the whole amount of booking till giving possession, and if he fails to give possession by a date mentioned in the order, he will have to pay interest to the buyers against whom he had complained.Nisar Realtor, the complainant, alleged that home buyers Nilofer Warsi and Mohammed Sami Shaikh failed to pay the balance amount as per the agreement. The building Rajal Classic is located at Andheri.The advocate of the home buyers contended that they have already paid in cash which the complainant has refused to acknowledge, and they have taken up the matter to police. The home buyers also stated that the agreement for sale executed does not mention any specific date of possession and the builder in its MahaRERA registration has stated the revised proposed date of completion as December 2027.The authority asked the builder to commit to a revised date of possession. The developer in a second hearing of the case stated that out of the total consideration amount of Rs 53.71 lakh, the home buyers have paid Rs 22 lakh and they ought to pay Rs 33.71 lakh as balance payment along with interest.The authority held the view that since the project is yet to be completed, the developer cannot demand the entire amount to be paid by the respondents before handing over the possession of the apartment. An amount equal to 10 percent of the total consideration amount will be payable by the homebuyer to complainant only at the time of handing over of possession.The order by MahaRERA chairperson Gautam Chaterjee read, “In view of the aforesaid facts, the homebuyer shall pay Rs 26.33 lakh within 45 days, failing which he will be liable to pay interest to the developer. Further, the developer is directed to handover possession of the flat to the homebuyer by December 2018, failing which the builder will be liable to pay interest to the homebuyer from January 2019, the actual date of possession.”The order also touched upon the cash transaction. “The homebuyers claim to pertain to the disputed amount paid in cash, which is not admitted by the complainant and which cannot be documentarily proved, is being investigated by police. Hence, no direction are being issued in this regard.”

Slum dwellers return to Garib Nagar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Their shanties may have been demolished by the BMC in the last week of October but the slum dwellers of Garib Nagar in Bandra east have returned; cooking and sleeping beneath tarpaulin sheets. The civic body had demolished nearly 400 shanties in the slum in order to secure the Tansa Pipeline following orders from the High Court.Halim Khan, the local Shiv Sena corporator supporting the slum dwellers, said, “The BMC had issued notices to 326 shanties but demolished an additional 124. A fire broke out which affected more shanties. The residents are adversely affected and forced to come back as they have no other option,” said Khan, who claims that he is distributing food to more than 1,100 of the affected families daily with the help of locals.According to Khan, 35 slum dwellers are eligible for alternate accommodation and 200 more will be eligible once the paperwork is in place. “Even the eligible slum dwellers aren’t being given alternative accommodation. When they use toilet facilities at the nearby station, they are being heavily fined by the Railways,” said Khan.The Railways have enhanced security in the area and started proceedings to get rid of encroachment on its land adjoining the station. Ravinder Bhakar, CPRO, Western Railway, said, “The station is for commuters and the facilities are for people with valid tickets.”Despite repeated attempts, BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta and local ward officer Alka Sasane were not available for comment.

Pay Rs 11.5 L and grab MHADA’s 1BHK in Virar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojna (PMAY), the common man will have to pay a mere Rs 11.5 lakh for a one bedroom hall kitchen flat measuring 325 sq ft carpet area in Virar. Constructed by MHADA’s Konkan Board in Bolinj area, these flats are way cheaper than those being sold by developers in the open market.As per MHADA’s estimates, the actual cost of construction of a flat with 325 square foot carpet area currently comes up to Rs 14 lakh and above. A subsidy of Rs 2.5 lakh is available on this price, of which Rs 1 lakh is from the state government and Rs 1.5 from the Centre.Vijay Lahane, chief officer, Konkan Board, MHADA, said, “We have land in Bolinj area of Virar where MHADA has already allotted homes in the past.” Under this scheme, the authority is planning to develop two 14-floor buildings on half a hectare of land, however, the number of homes hasn’t been finalised as yet.The current rate in the area is Rs 4,600 per square foot and above. When a private developer sells a flat with 325 square foot carpet area, he also adds a minimum of 100 to 150 square foot of built-up and super built-up to the flat’s total area, the cost of which is borne by the buyer. In comparison to the market rate, the authority is selling the flats at a cost that is nearly three to four lakh lower.In Virar itself, the authority has nearly 4,000 flats that are under construction and the carpet area of most of these flats is 425 square foot. “The construction cost for the bigger flats which are under construction right now goes up to Rs 20 to 22 lakh. Even on these flats, a subsidy of Rs 2.5 lakh shall be applicable,” said Lahane.PMAY SCHEMEThese homes are being constructed under the government’s ambitious PMAY scheme.
The state has set a target of providing around two million homes by 2022.
The number of applications received from the state for affordable housing is close to 23 lakh.
Under the scheme, any citizen who doesn’t have a house in their name can apply, and the process is linked to Aadhaar.

MHADA attempts successful lottery system on FB Live; says it’s a move to increase transparency

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) on Friday attained a major milestone by going digital after it held its lottery live on Facebook.”Our lottery was broadcast live. People across the world – from big cities to the remotest village could watch it. One need not come all the way to Mumbai to witness the lottery,” said Subhash Lakhe, chief office, Mumbai Board, MHADA.During the four hour live lottery, the authority had 20,000 live viewers from 30 countries. And its reach in those four hours was more than 1.30 lakh. A senior official from MHADA said, “MHADA vice president Milind Mahiskar told us to do the Facebook Live. We realised the importance of how such exercises restores faith in homebuyers. The transparency level we achieved via this one small move is tremendous.” Till a decade ago, details of when and where MHADA lotteries would take place remained unknown.In 2007, MHADA introduced a digital lottery system to bring in more transparency. The result was applications for homes went into lakhs, as opposed to earlier. MHADA lotteries started being held in auditoriums. The authority even involved potential homebuyers and even during lottery announcements, the applicants were called on stage, shown the procedure and few were made part of the committee overseeing the lottery.

Three BJP corporators in tiff over jurisdiction

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BJP corporator’s tussle with two corporators from the same party emerged on Thursday. Rita Makwana, corporator from ward 222 has sent a letter to the city party chief Ashish Shelar alleging that Makrand Narvekar, corporator of ward 227 and his sister-in-law Harshita Narvekar, corporator of ward 226, are trying to interfere in her ward and also not mentioning the local MLA Raj Purohit in the hoardings that they put.The letter is from October, but came to the light on Thursday after a few Shiv Sena party workers posted it on social media. The letter states several instances where the Narvekars have put hoardings in Makwana’s ward.Makwana, when asked about the letter, said, “I am sorry, I do not wish to talk on it.”

MHADA targets to build 12,000 affordable homes by 2020 in city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) had set a target of 12,000 affordable homes by 2020 within Mumbai limits. In order to meet this target, the authority has planned to float a tender next week for approximately 5,000 homes to be built in a period of two years in Goregaon’s Pahadi area. The remaining homes will be built on the available mill land, and the other slum redevelopment projects being carried out by MHADA.Bhushan Desai, Resident Executive Engineer of MHADA’s Mumbai board, confirming the target of 12,000 homes said, “We have set the target that by 2020 we will have 12,000 affordable homes in Mumbai. These homes will be sold via lottery to the common man — the procedure that we have been following for all these years. The authority has identified land parcels, which include mill land and other places.”After his appointment as the vice president for MHADA, Milind Mahishkar has held several meetings emphasising the need for the authority to have a bank of affordable homes.Another senior officer of MHADA talking about the tenders to be floated for Goregaon said, “The 18-acre plot in Goregaon’s Pahadi area was stuck in litigation for years. We have decided to float a tender for construction of some 5,000 homes by next week. This will add to the total number of affordable homes in the city.”This year the lottery for 819 homes will be held on Friday. The number of homes and their prices already created a major controversy when the most expensive home in the lottery — one in Lower Parel — was priced at Rs 1.92 crore.The MHADA lottery also received flak from the common public because there were only eight homes in the Economically Weaker Section, which is the lowest so far.”After we get the affordable homes then we will have a bigger lottery in the coming years and that will solve the problem to a great extent,” added the official.NUMBER OF HOMES20184,46020193,47620204,144

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