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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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Zaveri Bazar building crash toll rises to four

The death toll in the Zaveri Bazaar building collapse touched four on Saturday, with rescuers pulling the body of a 50-year-old man, who was later identified as Barkat Ali Khan, from under the rubble. Officials also said that the operation at the crash site was over.Five-storeyed Chhipi Chawl, a MHADA building, was under repairs when the mishap occurred on Friday. All four victims were labourers who were carrying out the repairs.Dyaneshwar Chavan, deputy commissioner of police zone II, said firefighters had tough time negotiating through the narrow access to the mishap spot. “We will investigate with MHADA for the cause of collapse,” he said.The 60-year-old structure had been vacated in September and Friday was the first day of repairs. It had four residential and 37 commercial spaces.

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Recover land worth Rs 14K cr: Bombay High Court to MHADA

“What steps is MHADA going to adopt to recover the surplus area which is due to it from developers who have developed Cess buildings in Mumbai. It is a powerful authority, it cannot be so helpless,” the Bombay High Court noted on Friday.A division bench of Justices Naresh Patil and N W Sambre issued the direction while hearing a petition filed by activist Kamlakar Shenoy, who has claimed that there has been a wrongful loss of around Rs 14,000 crore due to willful and deliberate inaction of MHADA (Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority) officials for not taking back around 30 lakh square feet saleable area.As per rules, MHADA is eligible to get a certain percentage of saleable area from developers, who redevelop cess buildings under rule 33 (7) of the Development Control Rules. Most Cess buildings are located in South Mumbai.The court has asked MHADA and the State housing department to file their replies to the petition within a week. “Some policy will have to be framed to recover the area,” the Bench said.”It cannot be that only First Information reports are filed against defaulting developers. In our country, you know the process takes a long time. Will till then the eligible candidates be deprived of their right?”The court also went through a reply filed by the Anti Corruption Bureau, which states that 457 projects are approved under the rules, of which surplus area to be recovered is 198,646.45 sqmt and compensation is Rs 37.54 crore.However, majority of the promised area is around 141803.29 sqmt, from 260 ongoing or stalled projects. The surplus amount will only be given after the projects are completed.MHADA has initiated prosecution against 34 developers and final reports have been filed against them in 26 cases. Further, civil proceedings against 29 developers have been initiated and MHADA has recovered 6376.12 sqmt from redeveloped area and Rs 40.47 crore as penalty. Six developers, have expressed their intention to settle their dues with MHADA and are in the process of handing over promised area.

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Structural audit conducted for only 10% buildings

The BMC has revealed that only 10.72 per cent of societies in C/Ward, where a building collapsed on Friday, have submitted their structural audit reports in the last two years,Senior civic officials told DNA that not more than 20 per cent of the societies in the city submit their structural audit reports to the BMC, risking the lives of their inhabitants.Assistant Municipal Commissioner of C/Ward, J Ghegadmal, said, “In the last two years, a total of 1,454 notices were served to make a structural audit. However, only 156 societies have submitted their structural audit reports to us.By not auditing the structure of the old building, residents risk their own lives. Two years ago, section 353 B of MMC Act was amended where failure to audit invited strict action and prosecution.”The BMC sends notices for the audit to all buildings more than 30 years old under section 353 B of the Act. Following the notice, the buildings have to carry out repairs or if found in a dangerous condition, an evacuation notice is sent.”BMC looks after the structural audit of only 1,200 private buildings. For 4,500 cessed buildings, MHADA does not carry out a proper audit but only a visual inspection as it lacks funds for a structural audit. Hence, the spurt in collapse incidents in MHADA buildings,” a civic official said.Anil Ankalgi Resident Executive Engineer of MHADA accepted that MHADA only carried out a structural survey before the monsoon season.”Like in C/Ward, only 10 per cent of the societies have submitted their structural audit reports. the situation is more or less the same in the city. Of the total notices served, we re-send them to the buildings which are in a bad condition. However, the tenants are sentimental about the property and appoint their own auditor apart from the municipal auditor. It becomes difficult to ascertain which ones are actually dangerous,” a senior BMC official said, requesting anonymity.

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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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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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Dilapidated school building in Chembur-Vashi naka poses threat to students

The lives of students in Ayodhya Nagar Marathi and Telugu-medium BMC school at Chembur-Vashi Naka is at risk owing to the dilapidated condition of the school building. The plan was to demolish the building, set up a transit camp near the ground and shift the students to the camp. BMC Education department decided to shift the school to a residential building of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA). Parents have opposed the shift as the MHADA building is not close to their homes, and they didn’t want to take the risk.The foundation stone was laid by local corporator in December 2016 to build a ground plus five-floor building for the Ayodhya Nagar Marathi and Telugu-medium school.After one developer took the matter to court to reserve the ground for playground and not for educational purposes, the transit camp could not be built. According to sources, in September, the school officials brought the condition of building to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) notice of BMC’s education department.In a recent ward committee meeting, the higher authorities ordered the school officials to vacate the school immediately and move the students to a safer place. A residential building of MHADA named Suraksha was then finalised and it was decided to give four rooms. Parents have opposed this move on the grounds that the new building is far and they didn’t want to risk sending their children to a residential building.A BMC education official on condition of anonymity said, “We are still exploring where to shift the students as the MHADA building where it is decided to shift haveDIP IN STUDENTSThe school, earlier, had 550 students in Marathi medium and 250 in Telugu medium. Now the number has come down to 328 in Marathi medium and only 60 in Telugu medium When contacted, school principal of Ayodhya Nagar BMC school refused to comment on the issue
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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.

Over 100 families vacate Bhendi Bazaar dilapidated homes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The collapse of the 117-year-old Hussaini Building in Bhendi Bazaar, which claimed 33 lives, has served as a wake-up call for tenants residing in other dilapidated buildings in the area.In just two months since the tragedy struck, more than 100 families have evacuated their homes and shifted to temporary accommodation provided by the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT), the authority undertaking the re-development of 250 building in Bhendi Bazaar which are cessed properties of the Maharashtra Housing Area and Development Authority (MHADA).After the Hussaini building collapse, SBUT and MHADA conducted an audit of all the buildings in Bhendi Bazaar which are under cluster development, and declared them unfit to reside in. Fresh notices were also issued for evacuation. Of a total of 250 buildings in the area which are part of the cluster development, over 90 buildings have already been demolished and some are under demolition.”In two months’ time, more than 100 families have vacated their homes. However, there are more than 1000 families who are yet to evacuate the dilapidated buildings and shift to the temporary accommodation provided by SBUT. The structural audit carried out by MHADA after the Hussaini building collapse has shown all buildings in the area structural weak and unfit to stay in”, said a spokesperson from SBUT.Despite attempts, MHADA spokesperson Vaishali Wagh was unavailable for comment.Assistant Municipal Commissioner of C ward, Jivak Ghegadmal said, “The SBUT submitted to us a copy of the fresh notice served to all the dilapidated buildings in Bhendi Bazaar. It is stated in the notice that the building is unfit to stay in, and if any collapse takes place, SBUT won’t be responsible”.The Bhendi Bazaar cluster development project covers 250 buildings and the project is spread over 16 acres. A total of 3,200 families are affected parties in the project, of whom more than 2000 families have been rehabilitated. However, shifting the remaining families, whose lives are at risk, is a challenge for MHADA and SBUT.The SBUT spokesperson added, “Lives are at risk because of vested interests of handful of people, . All the buildings are 100 years old, and unfit for living. However, people don’t realize it. Unfortunately, the Hussaini building collapse gave a wake-up call for many”.

Tata allocates Mhada land to build garden

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Land in Dharavi belonging to Tata Power, housing around 800 huts, has been given to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) for the construction of a garden which will be used by residents of the area.Mhada is redeveloping Dharavi’s sector-V, which is spread across 150 acre and more. A huge chunk of land belonging to Tata Power has a high-tension wire passing through, and according to a senior official, Mhada had asked for this land which Tata Power agreed to give on condition that the space is used only as a recreational ground with no construction on it.”We have received the land from Tata and have notified Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DRP) about the same. We were planning to build a pay-and-park but Tata officials advised us about the high-tension wires so we decided to only build a garden,” the Mhada official said.In an email reply, a spokesperson of the Tata Power said, “The referred land belongs to Tata Power and is a part of the sector-5 of the Dharavi Redevelopment Project, but there is no substation on the land. As a comprehensive approach to resettle and rehabilitate the slums in the Dharavi area, the government has divided it into five sectors, and sector 5 has been allocated to Mhada for redevelopment. This land is earmarked for recreation ground and some part for a parking lot. The final usage of the land, however, is still under discussion.”

BMC breached principles of law: MHADA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Boosted by a letter from MHADA saying BMC had acted against the principles of law, upset Kalina residents said they would approach the state government to complain that authorities are not fulfilling their duty in shutting down a transit accommodation that has outlived its purpose.The residents have demanded that a transit accommodation in Kalina to be demolished because it is on a plot that is reserved as open space. On May 22, DNA had reported that residents had served a legal notice on MHADA over the delay in giving them the land. MHADA had allotted the land measuring over 21,000 sq ft to a society.In a letter dated October 23, MHADA has told Voice of Kalina, an ALM which has taken up the issue, that it has sealed 28 of 30 tenements based on their complaint.MHADA added that it is now up to the BMC to move against the transit accommodation.”In the present case, it is the planning authority which itself has acted in breach of the principles of law. We hence direct the state government to consider this aspect of the matter as part of its overall control,” the letter said.”This is like one authority pushing things on the other. We have been complaining to the BMC also about it but there was no action. MHADA cannot just shirk responsibility because, at the end of the day, it is their land. They should have also marked the letter to BMC besides sending it to housing department,” said Clarence Pinto, member of Voice of Kalina.THE LETTERIn a letter, MHADA has told Voice of Kalina, an ALM which has taken up the issue, that it has sealed 28 of 30 tenements based on their complaint. MHADA added that it is now up to the BMC to move against the transit accommodation.

Promising MHADA flats, man dupes 4 of Rs 1.4cr

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kalachowky police have arrested a 48-year-old man for allegedly duping three people of Rs 1.4 crore by promising them MHADA homes. The accused, along with three other wanted accuseds, had taken money from four others, promising them houses in Sewri area.The accused has been identified as Vikas Bhave (48). According to police, Bhave had promised the complainant, Manisha Dedhiya (40), a flat in Sewri at a cheap rate, and had taken around Rs 21 Lakh from her.Bhave had told the victim that the Sewree flat is owned by another woman, though she is in need of money, and if the victim paid the needy woman the money, she would transfer the documents of the flat to her name.Police said that the victim, thinking the deal was genuine, paid the money to the accused, who, however, did not transfer the documents to her name, after which she approached the police and lodged a complaint. “After registering the complaint, three more persons approached us claiming that they had also paid the money to Bhave and three others, who had promised them MHADA flats. We then arrested Bhave,” said a police officer.He added that, “The accused had made forged agreements and had taken money from the accused of different bank accounts.”

10,000 more homes under PMAY

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This week, the state’s committee for Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY) will discuss sanctioning of projects comprising 10,000 affordable dwellings across Maharashtra. In the last few days, 60 projects comprising a total of 1.82 lakh affordable homes have got the approval of the Centre under PMAY. Of this, 1.21 lakh homes are for the Economically Weaker Section and 1.05 lakh dwelling units are Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority’s (MHADA) share.Under the housing-for-all schemes the government of Maharashtra, till 2022, aims to construct 19 lakh affordable homes. The highest number of houses being constructed under PMAY is by MHADA’s Konkan Board — 11 projects comprising 84,570 homes. The Konkan division comprises Thane and its nearby districts, excluding Mumbai.Within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) is constructing 15,152 dwellings in two projects. Under PMAY, both Centre and the state give a grant of Rs 2.5 lakh to the homebuyer, thus reducing the total cost of the dwelling. The EWS homes are expected to be of 30 square metres.The other boards of MHADA that have got projects under the PMAY scheme are Pune Board which has 14 projects with a total of 6,274 units. Nashik Board has a total of four projects with 1,372 houses, Nagpur and Aurangabad Boards have six projects each with 5,975 and 5,660 homes respectively. Amravati Board is constructing 2,739 homes in its five projects.The non-MHADA entities include Urban Local Bodies of Solapur, Akola, Ahmednagar. They have four projects and are constructing 10,615 dwellings. Thane Municipal Corproation is constructing four projects and the total number of homes under this scheme is 3,000. Nagpur NIT has two projects and they are constructing a total of 1,268 homes.The total number of projects by MHADA is 46 while the remaining 14 belong to non-MHADA bodies. Three projects comprising 14,358 homes — which had earlier got sanctions — were later withdrawn and are no longer part of the affordable housing scheme.A senior official from MHADA said, “Nearly two lakh homes have been approved under PMAY; this will boost the affordable segment largely. We are going to discuss 10,000 more dwellings and all of them are from various parts of the state.Number game60Total number of projects: 1.82 lakhTotal Number of homes 1.21 lakhEconomically Weaker Section (EWS) 32,638Lower Income Group (LIG) 12841Middle Income Group (MIG) 166Higher Income Group (HIG)

Four arrested as police bust housing racket

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Nine Mhada buildings propose redevelopment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two months after the state government amended the Development Control Rules 33 (5), nine buildings from seven colonies, of the 56 colonies developed by Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) across the city, have sent their proposal for redevelopment. Mhada Officials confirmed the move, and claimed that this is a good step, as for almost eight years there were no proposals.”The response is good, there is a lot of enthusiasm amongst people and I am sure that many proposals will come in the next few months,” said Milind Mhaiskar, VP and CEO of Mhada.The redevelopment of 56 Mhada colonies was stalled due to one of the clauses of DCR 33 (5), as it demanded housing stock instead of a monetary premium. Developers felt that it was unviable to give housing stock. The amended law states that plots below 4,000 sqm will get a Floor Space Index (FSI) of up to 3, and won’t have to give any housing stock. Instead, they will be given a “no objection” from Mhada on a monetary premium payment. If a redevelopment plot exceeds 4,000 sqm, then the developer may get an FSI of 4, of which 1 FSI has to be given to Mhada in form of housing stock.An official said, “There are nine buildings of seven different colonies from Pant Nagar, Kannamvar Nagar and Mitha Nagar (Mulund).” According to sources, these plots are below 4,000 square meter, the developer will get FSI of 3 and no housing stock has to be given.MHADA colonies were in need of immediate revamp. However, with support from political parties they protested a few years ago. The state government issued a Government Resolution (GR) in July which stated that the FSI has been exceeded up to 4 in case of plots having an area of 4,000 sqm and above, whereas plots up to 4,000 sqm will get FSI up to 3 by paying a monetary premium.

MHADA gets 3136 applications for home lottery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The number of applications that Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) has received under 819 home lottery scheme, which is scheduled for November 10, has reached 3,136. The number of people who have registered for it has reached 7,905.MHADA is upbeat on the issue because instead of receiving flak initially for the high prices of their homes, especially the homes in Lower Parel and Powai priced at Rs 1.95 crore and Rs 1.39 crore respectively, the scheme has earned a good response.MHADA is holding a lottery for homes in Mumbai and it will be held on November 10. Out of 819 homes, 338 will be categorized as Higher Income Group, the best of which would cost around Rs 1.95 crore and located at Lower Parel.Those who will apply for MHADA homes have to register with the authority on its website before sending the applications.MHADA has been criticised for making expensive homes in the lottery. However, the number of applications shows a positive response. Homes in Powai are being sold at Rs 1.39 crore. The other homes in Lower Parel are Rs 1.45 crore.”The high registration and application figures show, that the interest, trust on MHADA by the common man is intact. We have only 36 homes in Lower Parel while the majority of the homes are suburbs and in many areas, the prices quoted by MHADA is way cheaper than that available in open market. This is initial response we are expecting a very good response towards the end,” a senior MHADA official said.

Speak up Mumbai: Is forcible eviction the only escape route?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On August 31, 33 people lost their lives after Hussaini Building in Bhendi Bazaar collapsed. This building was issued notices for vacating the premises in 2011, yet residents continued to stay.Of the 16,000 cessed buildings in south Mumbai, there are about 3,000 which are dilapidated, unsafe and dangerous. State Housing Minister Prakash Mehta has said the government will first target such crumbling structures for forcible eviction.Many residents do not vacate dilapidated buildings despite MHADA issuing them a notice, because they fear that they will not return to their original homes once they are shifted to transit camps. These buildings are dangerous, and notices are issued to them from authorities, yet residents do not vacate them. There are provisions under the MHADA Act for forcible eviction, and section 95A talks about it in detail.DNA spoke to Mumbaikars on whether sections of the MHADA Act should be invoked to forcibly evict residents of dilapidated buildings to avoid further tragedies.PEOPLE SPEAKIf MHADA wants to forcefully evict tenants it should also ensure that the developer, who is appointed to redevelop the building, does so in time. In my case, we were forcefully evicted from Sewri in 2000 and have been staying in a transit camp since. If MHADA can’t ensure that, it shouldn’t forcefully evict tenants.—Manoj Sawant, resident of a transit camp in SewriNot in all cases, but if someone is refusing to relent, then I believe, the only option will be forced eviction, for their own safety. But, MHADA and BMC should also ensure that they get proper transit accommodation. The authorities should also ensure that the reconstruction is done on time.—Hamja Mohammad Usman Ansari, resident of Mumbai CentralThe authorities can use force to evacuate residents from a dilapidated building. But, they must ensure that every resident gets immediate accommodation. The civic body has also looked upon timely redevelopment of the dilapidated buildings. And, in case there is delay in redevelopment of the buildings, the developer should be punished.—Anshu Dokania, resident of GhatkoparI do not think anyone should be forced out of their homes just because their building is declared dilapidated. The government should provide them with alternate accommodation nearby. People who have lived in an area all their life, will want to continue to live there for several reasons. Some have invested their entire savings to acquire those houses. Anyway, if they refuse to move out despite the authorities following all procedures duly, force must be used.—Rohit Naik, resident of Vile ParleThe government must ensure that residents of dilapidated buildings are treated well, and put up at proper rehabilitation centres. The use of force will only make people question the efficiency of the government. I hope that the government takes the issue seriously and rehabilitate people in good buildings rather than in transit camps, which are in a shabby state.—Poorva Kamat, resident of VikhroliIf people are not moving out of dilapidated buildings even after the civic body issues them a notice, it is high time the authorities, with the help of police, forcefully evict such people. However, it is the duty of the authorities to arrange for immediate, alternate places of residence to them.—Shekhar Bhandari, resident of BhandupIf the building is in extremely poor condition, then compulsory eviction is justified, as a person’s life is more important than the house. However, a written assurance of time-bound construction of the flats is something the government and the developers are legally bound to provide. If the developer/government convinces the tenants that they will get back their homes in time, the tenants will definitely evacuate their dilapidated homes.—Manda Shete, resident of ChemburEXPERT SPEAKThe government, before forcibly evicting any resident, should make arrangements for their stay. If right to life is a constitutional right, then right to shelter should be followed by every government. Residents do not wish to leave fearing that they will be sent to transit camps that are far from their place of residence. Location is an important factor when it comes to moving to a new place.—Advocate Shirish Deshpande, Chairman, Mumbai Grahak Panchayat.MHADA has a special repair board. The work of this board is to evict residents of dilapidated buildings and shift them to transit camps. They collect cess and their work is to construct transit camps. Remove residents forcibly, but then, where will they stay? Are there enough transit camps to accommodate all?—Dr Sanjay Chaturvedi, Executive Editor, Accommodation Times

Motion to ensure BMC gets due credit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BJP corporator has moved a notice of motion, which if passed, will make it mandatory for MPs, MLAs and MLCs to seek approval from the BMC for funding any work on municipal plots. The motion will be discussed on September 15.The proposal from corporator Vinod Mishra states: “Before an authorised body issues a no-objection for development from funds of Member of Parliament, Member of Legislative Assembly or Council on municipal plots reserved for civic development such as dispensary or school in the Development Plan of greater Mumbai, such proposals must be presented for corporations approval.”The reason behind this motion, Mishra says that most of the time, the work on these plots are carried out by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), but proper credit isn’t given. He explained, “For example, a garden is constructed on a municipal plot. The BMC spends crores of rupees, but then a local MLA or MP from his funds sponsors the main gate, and as these funds are dispersed by MHADA, the logo of BMC is hidden. So the work is done by someone else and someone else takes the credit.”

Four held for duping people with promise of MHADA flats

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Police Crime Branch Unit VII has arrested a suspended assistant police inspector and three others for allegedly cheating at least 12 people of nearly Rs two crore by promising them MHADA flats under the Chief Minister’s quota for disabled and widows.The accused have been identified as Dilip Bhosle, a suspended assistant police inspector of the state Anti Terrorism Squad, Sunita Tapsuvadya, Ganesh Pujari and a fourth accused. The police are also on the lookout for the fifth accused, who is a branch manager at a bank.According to the police, the accused would allegedly target people interested in buying flats, and lure them with promises of a MHADA house at cheaper rates by posing as MHADA officials. However, after taking the money from prospective buyers, they would become untraceable. The racket came to light after a victim filed a complaint that he had been duped of Rs 80 lakh.”The accused posed as MHADA officers and offered to help the victim get a flat under the CM’s quota at a cheaper rate. Tapsuvadya and Bhosle met the victim in a hotel in Sion, posing as MHADA officers. The accused took Rs 80 lakh from him and gave fake allotment letters with a logo of the Mantralaya, which was purportedly signed by the then chief secretary Johny Joseph,” said a police officer.

Hussaini Building collapse: Cops probe non-evacuation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after the Hussaini building collapse in Bhindi Bazar that claimed 33 lives and injured 17 others, JJ Marg police has begun its inquiry and recorded statements of all the injured, relatives of deceased, and some residents who escaped unscathed. Police are now probing into how so many people were found living in the building, despite Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) stating it had shifted seven families out of the building some years ago.Police have also written a letter to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation(BMC), Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA), and SBUT, which is undertaking the Bhendi Bazaar cluster development project, and the Mumbai Fire Brigade, requesting their stand on the reasons for the building collapse and details of any communication between the agencies regarding the building, or with the tenants, such as notices for repairs or eviction issued to the tenants.According to police, they have asked BMC and MHADA to give them details about the building’s condition, and details of when and how many notices were sent to residents to vacate the building. Police may register a case of negligence if they find any irregularity or lapses.”We have recorded statements of all the injured and relatives of the deceased to ascertain if there was any foul play. So far, only an Accidental Death Report has been registered and we are waiting for a reply from BMC and MHADA in order to ascertain whether SBUT, BMC, MHADA or residents themselves are liable for criminal negligence. We will take a decision regarding registering a case after receiving a reply from them and conducting a thorough inquiry into the matter,” said a police officer requesting anonymity.MHADA had served a notice to tenants of Hussaini building in March 2011, and again in May that year, to vacate, repair or demolish the building. In August 2011, 256 buildings in the area, including Hussaini building, came under the Bhendi Bazaar cluster development project undertaken by SBUT. The trust has said that of a total of 13 tenants, which included 12 residential and one commercial, it had shifted 7 families in 2013-14.On Thursday, the ground-plus-six story structure came crashing down, flattening a godown and some shops, and also causing damage to the four-storey Jumani building adjacent to it. The rest of this adjacent building is now being demolished by MHADA.Another senior police officer said, “The Jumani building was also occupied by some SBUT workers and others. We have found that most of the people who were killed or injured, apart from four families staying on the ground floor, were staying in Hussaini building illegally. We are yet to ascertain how these people were staying there, and how and who had allowed a play school to operate on the first floor of the building. But it is clear that some of the original tenants had allowed others to stay there on rent illegally.”Residents of the building who vacated their flats want authorities to probe into how, after they were shifted out of Hussaini and Jumani buildings, so many people were found staying in the two buildings. “When they(SBUT) told us to vacate the houses stating that the building is dilapidated, how did they allow others to stay at the building and run a play school on the first floor. There were also SBUT workers residing in the building adjacent to Hussaini, and few others were allowed to stay at the godown,” claimed former resident of Hussaini building, now living in a transit camp

Home over life

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When the 117-year-old Hussaini building in Bhendi Bazaar came crashing down on Thursday, thousands of residents within 500 meters were restless, fearing for their own building. But then they have left everything in the hands of fate, MHADA and the government. Despite the unsafe condition of their buildings, residents worry that if they move out, they will never be able to come back. At the transit camps of Mumbai, there are families who have been staying for as long as three to four decades. Some have given up hope of returning to their original building, and some now claim they want the government to rehabilitate them in the transit accommodation itself.There are more than 16,000 cessed buildings that belong to MHADA, and most of them are in south Mumbai. Of these, more than 8,000 need urgent repairs, while 3,000 are in a miserable condition. These buildings have lakhs of residents staying in them. About 16,000 such dangerous buildings all over the city belong to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).“Imagine you are stuck under debris, cannot move, cannot breathe because of the bricks and mortar above your head, which was once part of the house you stayed in. I live with this fear every day. I recently underwent a knee surgery so I can’t even move,” said Neela Pisat resident of the 117-year-old Chawate building located on Carpenter Street in the CP Tank area. MHADA has served numerous notices to this building terming it to be unsafe to reside. The collapsed Hussaini building was at a distance of barely 200 metres from Chawate, which had 27 residents of which now five continue to live, and are unwilling to leave till the government assures them of better accommodation facilities close to their existing building. Entry to the building is narrow, the staircase has crumbled, the left-side wall of the building has moved away from the main building structure. The rear of the building looks tilted. In all probability, the building is unsafe to reside. Despite being aware of the dangers, residents do not want to vacate. Ramchandra Joshi, who has been residing here for more than 30 years now said that their landlord is incommunicado. In spite of being fully aware of the dilapidated condition, Joshi cannot leave. “I don’t mind leaving the building, but all my work is here. If I go to the Sion transit camp, I will never return here as no one who has gone there comes back. If MHADA demolishes the building there’s no issue, but we should be given accommodation somewhere close to Parel, so that we can continue with our work.”Residents are reluctant to move to transit camps because they fear they will never return to their original building. “My father vacated his building in Girgaum and shifted to a transit accommodation in Dharavi. It’s been 10 years. He died five months ago and there has been no movement in the building construction at the original site. How can I trust transit accommodation now,” said Neela.Narendra Pisat, another resident of Chawate building said, “We are living in a pitiable condition but no politician is bothered. What is the use of giving us money after the building collapses? Why can’t we be given attention when we are alive?” Talking to DNA about residents who refuse to vacate dilapidated buildings, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “The government has passed an Act that if a developer doesn’t do it (redevelopment of old buildings) on time then their (housing) cooperatives can do it.”The refugee colony in Sion-Koliwada for Punjabis and Sindhis, who came from Pakistan after the partition, is also unsafe to reside. Two decades ago, the BMC declared the refugee camps as dangerous to live in but residents continue to stay. They are waiting for a commitment from the BMC for transit accomodation. Their only hope is that a developer will appear in the future and the building will be redeveloped.According to Sukhdev Singh Mehta, a senior citizen, who has been residing in the refugee colony there is a lot of confusion on how and who will redevelop the area, and where will they be alloted the transit accommodation, once redevelopment begins. “There is a lot of misunderstanding regarding the redevelopment of these buildings even the residents are not coming together,” said Mehta.According to Mehta, there are a total of 1,200 tenants, but around 200 tenants have not been able to secure ownership due to lack of clarity, even though the state government is ready to give it to them.Another resident Jai Bishan Talwar, 69, a resident of Punjabi Refugee Colony in Sion-Koliwada said that they wanted to vacate their home but they do not have an option as there is no clarity on redevelopment yet. He runs his business in the same neighbourhood, and his grandchildren go to a school nearby. “Where will I go with my family leaving this place?”NUMBERS SPEAK267 people died in the last two decades in building collapses (excluding the Hussaini building)
19 buildings collapsed in last two decades in Mumbai
632 buildings in Mumbai have been declared as dilapidated by the BMC
April 2013 74 people died in Mumbra’s Lucky compound building collapse
September 2013 61 people died in Babu Genu Market building collapse in Mazgaon
July-August 2017 3 buildings collapsed
In the last two months, 57 people died in building collapse LIVING IN DANGERThis year, before the onset of rains, MHADA declared nine buildings as dangerous. There are more than 16,000 cessed buildings, of which 8,000 need urgent repair and around 3,000 are in a dire state.In Bhendi Bazaar, there are 256 unsafe buildings in the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust’s redevelopment project alone that have affected more than 4,221 families including nearly 1,200 commercial outlets.The Pratiksha Nagar transit camp is the biggest with around 67 buildings and more than 5,000 families.Before the onset of monsoon, the BMC had issued a list of dilapidated buildings, and also issued a notice to vacate. The buildings fall under the C1 category of civic body and there are 632 such buildings.

As dust clears, hope rises from the ashes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fearing an end similar to that of the Hussaini building’s ill-fated residents, others who live in dilapidated buildings gathered at the collapse site to talk about their plight to elected representatives and media on Friday.Suraiya Shaikh, was one such. A first floor occupant at the over 100-year-old Rasool building diagonally across from Hussaini. Shaikh said “I even walk carefully in the house. The shop below supports our floor and their ceiling with bamboos. We can sense the floors are shaking. It can fall anytime.”Around seven months ago, the ceiling fell and there is bare flooring now.“The MHADA officials came and they just put up bamboos. We have not heard from them since,” said Riyaz Khan of Mehraj stores, also known as Aashirwad, below Shaikh’s home. The owner-less building has about 70 occupants and 15 flats on each floor. Another resident, Farida Suratwala, added, “Looking at the Hussani building collapse, we have got courage to raise our voice so that our families don’t suffer the same fate.”Sameer Shaikh, a resident of Kader building in Kamathipura, had come all the way to talk to the media, along with other residents.“Seven years ago, a builder promised redevelopment and it is now barely standing on bamboos,” he said.Amin Patel, the local MLA, said he has asked Mhada to look into the matter.“On Friday, inspection of all the three buildings were done. By Monday, Mhada will prepare the report and repairs might start next week,” he claimed.Abbasbhai Ramorwala, landlord of Kader building, said, “Repairs in old buildings is Mhada’s job. As a builder and landlord, I wanted to go in for redevelopment but despite seeking permission, working out issues like cut on road, it is not working out.”

Crushed by their own home, 24 die

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after life in Mumbai was paralysed by torrential rains, the dilapidated ground-plus-five storey Hussaini building at Pakmodia Street in Bohri Mohalla came crashing down, leaving 24 persons dead and injuring at least 16 others. Six women and three children were among those who lost their lives. A Tawakkal sweets preparation unit operated on the ground floor of the building, and many of the victims were labourers who worked and stayed there.The toll is expected to rise as more people are believed to be trapped under the debris, and one of the persons rescued is in a critical condition. Six firemen also sustained injuries during rescue operations. The tragedy could have been worse if the mishap occurred an hour later, as at least 40 children attend a playgroup on the first floor of the building which was yet to open.The 117-year-old building was in a dilapidated condition and some tenants had refused to move out despite being served two eviction notices in 2011. The building had 12 residential flats, and a commercial premises on the ground floor. It was among buildings that were to be redeveloped as part of the ambitious Bhendi Bazaar cluster redevelopment project undertaken by the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT).As some parts of the building had collapsed in 2011, Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) had served an eviction notice to the tenants in March 2011, and again in May that year, to vacate, repair or demolish the building. In August 2011, after a high powered committee under the chairmanship of the Municipal Commissioner gave its nod for redevelopment of Bhendi Bazaar, 256 buildings in the area, including Hussaini building, came under the project. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the collapse site on Thursday and announced Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the families of the dead.He added that all medical expenses of the injured would be borne by the state. He also said that an inquiry will be carried out by the Additional Secretary of Housing, and strict action would be taken against those found negligent.MHADA has set up an inquiry committee under the Chief Engineer, who has been asked to submit a report within 15-days to the Vice President of MHADA, detailing the technical and administrative lapses.Sumant Bhange, chief officer of MHADA’s Mumbai Repair and Reconstruction Board said, “We had issued the first notice to the building in March 2011, after a portion of it collapsed. We had asked them to either repair, or demolish and vacate the building at the soonest. However, nothing was moving so we issued another notice in May 2011.”Bhange added that a special inquiry has been set up under the chief engineer of MHADA, who will look into all details including technical and that on administrative level behind the collapse. “It was the SBUT’s responsibility to get the tenants evicted,” he saidThe building came crashing down at around 8.30 am on Thursday, when most of the residents were at home. Locals began rescue efforts before the fire department officials could reach the site. The fire brigade took time to begin rescue operations as the police had to first clear crowds that had gathered on Maulana Shaukat Ali Road.“By the time official operations started, we had rescued four victims, two of whom were children”, said Taham Ansari, who stays nearby.Housing Minister Prakash Mehta said, “The time has come to start looking to adopt forceful eviction of tenants living in the dilapidated buildings across the city. We can’t simply be mute spectators while people are dying under the rubble of buildings.”“To compulsorily evacuate people,” Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar said, “there should be enough transit camps. The state government should start transit camps in all 24 wards to encourage people to vacate their old houses and bring in a housing policy for redevelopment.”WHAT SBUT SAYSA statement issued by SBUT says they tried their best to evict all 13 tenants, including a non-residential tenant, and had managed to get seven tenants evicted.
The statement read, “This ground+6 building housed a total of 13 tenants, which included 12 residential and one commercial. Out of these, the trust had already shifted seven families in 2013-14. MHADA notices declaring the building dilapidated were issued along with offer of transit accommodation to the remaining tenants and occupants. At present, the area has been cordoned off to carry out the evacuation process smoothly.” Forcible evictions?
There are clauses under the MHADA Act especially section 95A that allows MHADA to forcibly evict tenants of dilapidated buildings, including imprisoning them. However, responding to questions as to why it didn’t evict tenants of this building forcibly, a senior official said, “The developer should have informed us, we would have taken necessary steps.”

22 lakh homes by 2019: Realty players bat for cut in red tape

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Realty players have made a strong case for simplification of procedure for the availability of land and a drastic cut in delays to grant various approvals to achieve CM Devendra Fadnavis’ ambitious target of construction of 22 lakh houses by 2019. Some players estimate construction of 2,000 houses per day. They also emphasise the need for the government undertaking such as Maharashtra Housing & Area Development Authority (MHADA) and private developers to work together.Anuj Puri, Chairman of ANAROCK Property Consultants, hopes the CM’s announcement doesn’t remain a political gimmick. He told DNA, “Availability of land and approval delays remain the biggest roadblock. Another cornerstone for the success of this ambitious plan is effective Public Private Partnership. Developers as well as MHADA need to embrace the use of technology to bring down the construction cost as well as time.”Manju Yagnik, Vice-Chairperson of Nahar Group, says the government will have to simplify the land acquisition process. ”Having limited land parcels in the city, there is a dire need for vertical expansion which will happen with floor space index (FSI) ratios being doubled. Simplification of the building approval process will also cut down on delays in construction and project launches. Right policies, financial funding and participation from private developers will definitely give the push,” she notes.Niranjan Hiranandani, President of National Real Estate Development Council (West) says, “The government needs to ensure availability of land at a price-point which would make the projects viable; ensure time-bound clearance as also provide taxation reliefs – all stakeholders work “in sync” being the catch-phrase — the cumulative effect of all these would be ensuring construction of such houses.”

4 booked for ‘duping’ people on pretext of giving MHADA houses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four persons have been booked for allegedly duping some people of over Rs two crore by giving “fake” allotment letters to them for MHADA houses in suburban Mankhurd, police said today. “On the direction of a local court, a case under sections 420 (cheating), 425 (dishonest or fraudulent removal or concealment of property), 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code was registered on July 17 at the Mankhurd police station,” a senior police official said. “A complaint in this regard was registered by Balram Shirsathe (62), resident of suburban Chembur,” he said. “As per the complaint, the accused Sachin Siddhu, his wife Kiran, father Ranjeet and one Bansilal Gupta duped Shirsathe and four others of Rs 2.10 crore by promising them to give houses constructed by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA)”, the official said. “The complainant also claimed that the accused even gave them fake allotment letters”, he said, adding no arrests have been made so far and a probe was on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MHADA seeks to fix missing homes for EWS issue in lottery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior officials of MHADA held a meeting on Saturday regarding the issue of lack of flats in the lottery for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) of the society.Last week DNA had reported that there were no homes earmarked for EWS in the forthcoming lottery, following which officials started a process to identify new homes. They had listed homes from the Master List, which were originally meant for those who stayed in cessed buildings and vacated it for redevelopment or after it collapsed. However, the rules prevented them from including these homes as Master List homes can be used only for rehousing tenants of the cessed buildings. A senior MHADA official said, “Earlier this week, during one of our meeting, the vice president of MHADA had asked Mumbai board to come up with solutions to no homes in the EWS group and post that, the suggestion of including homes from Master List to MHADA lottery.”However, according to sources, the homes from Master List can be used only to accommodate or re-house those residents who have been staying in cessed building and have now shifted out. “There are several thousand cessed buildings in the city, and most of them are dilapidated and from here tenants are moved to transit camps. These tenants are put in the Master List and they are then allotted homes, after buildings are redeveloped. The Master List is used as a ready reckoner for allotments and hence these homes cannot be moved,” said the official.However, MHADA sources claim some 150 and above homes are being discussed to be brought in from the Master List to the lottery and be categorised in the EWS sections. “Most of these homes have been lying empty, many residents have not opted for them in spite of them being allotted, so it’s better to use them in the lottery and allot to people who want it,” said a senior official. AnalysisThe ground reality at present is that the lottery will be further delayed due to limited availability of homes. MHADA had assured that the lottery advertisements will be out in the first half of the month, yet the number of homes haven’t be finalised. MHADA lottery has never been delayed so much.

ACB books Bhujbal son for land fraud

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) here on Thursday filed an FIR against 17 persons, including Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal’s son Pankaj Bhujbal, nephew Sameer Bhujbal and retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Uttam Khobragade in an alleged land misuse case. The accused allegedly bought a plot of government land in Oshiwara in the northwestern suburb of Andheri, and constructed a commercial complex instead of the residential project it had been earmarked for. According to ACB officers, between 2002 and 2004, Sameer and Pankaj, both Directors of Bhavesh Builders Private Ltd, bought the plot and formed Oshiwara Tulsi Co-operative Housing Society for residential purpose. The society’s members, including chief promoter Prashant Sawant, have also been booked. Co-accused Shirish Shrugarpure, Land Surveyor, Suryakant Deshmukh, Assistant Land Record Surveyor, and MHADA official Suresh Karande, allegedly did not verify the documents.Five other government officials, including Uttam Khobragade, then Vice President and CEO of MHADA, sanctioned the project. “The said fraud caused losses worth crores of rupees to the state exchequer…. The government officials have been given kickbacks and we will be scrutinising their bank account details”, said an ACB official. Khobragade, Sameer and Pankaj Bhujbal, could not be reached for comments.

MHADA houses in Powai set to cross Rs 1 cr mark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>MHADA’s affordable houses in the Higher Income Group (HIG) in Powai is set to cross the Rs 1 crore mark. The nearly 740-square foot homes, according to senior official from MHADA, have been priced at Rs 1.61 crore. MHADA’s lottery for nearly 800 homes is scheduled to be held in August. In 2014, MHADA was forced to remove 84-odd homes from the same area for being over priced, as people found them to be unaffordable.Last week, DNA had reported on how MHADA’s 2017 lottery was delayed. This week, the authority decided to conduct the lottery in August, of which, the advertisements are expected to out next week. However, sources in MHADA say that the authorities had a tough time in increasing the number of houses and hence, they have decided to include the expensive Powai homes in the lottery, too.The lottery will include some 168 homes from Tunga Powai, which are expected to be priced at rates above Rs 1.61 crore. “The Mumbai board is calculating the rates and what we have got so far is a very high rate of Rs 1.61 crore and above,” said a senior MHADA official.When contacted, Subhash Lakhe, Chief Officer, MHADA’s Mumbai board, said that the pricing of flats is in its final stage and tried to justify the Rs 1.61 crore pricing. He said, “In 2013-14, MHADA had sold flats in the same area measuring 400-square foot at Rs 75 lakh. The current flats are of 740-square foot carpet area. However, we haven’t finalised the rates, yet. I have asked the officials involved in the process to value flats accordingly.”According to another MHADA official, in the 2014 lottery, MHADA had tried to sell some 84 homes (HIG) from Tunga Powai region, but then it had to withdraw these homes after there was an uproar about the pricing.According to some media reports, MHADA had even tried to give these homes away to some government-run organisations to use them as staff quarters, which hadn’t worked out as well.

Now, a MHADA CEO to head PM’s pet project

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mission Director for State, an important post for Prime Minister’s pet project Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY), is now the Chief Minister’s new appointee Milind Mhaiskar in MHADA. The sudden change came about by replacing SVR Shrinivas, Chief of Dharavi Redevelopment, as Mission Director.Earlier, DNA had reported how the state in its own government resolution had claimed that red tapism was impacting the project. While the appointment of Mhaiskar may rake up controversies since he is considered to be close to the CM, Fadnavis insists that the change from a Dharavi CEO to a MHADA CEO was facilitated only because MHADA is a nodal agency of PMAY. MHADA as an agency is tasked to implement the projects under PMAY; hence it’s better to have a MHADA CEO as a Mission Director, to make the files move faster.The state government has been making a few changes in the distribution of power off late. Last month, the hierarchy structure in the PMAY team was changed and instead of a Deputy Secretary heading it, an Additional Chief Secretary rank officer was appointed to head it.

Baba Siddique questioned by ED in SRA scam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The former Congress Member of Legislative Assembly Baba Siddique appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday in connection with a money laundering case related to alleged irregularities in a Rs 400 crore slum rehabilitation project at Bandra reclamation.The former Maharashtra minister was summoned by the investigating officer (IO) to record his statement in the case and was grilled for over eight hours. The ED had conducted raids on May 31 at about seven locations in connection with SRA scam including Siddique’s premises, a real estate firm and a builder connected to him.So far, the police have questioned more than 25 people in connection with the scam. “We have recorded Siddique’s statement to understand his role in the project and to verify the claims of complainants. Our probe is on and we may call him again for questioning with certain documents,” said an ED officer.Based on a FIR at Bandra police station, the ED had recently registered a criminal case under PMLA against Siddique and 157 others. The Bandra police had registered a FIR in 2014, on directions of a local court, to probe financial irregularities in the slum rehabilitation project in which Siddique is alleged to have been involved. Siddique was the chairman of the Mumbai board of MHADA between 2000-2004.The caseThe case is based on Jamat E Jamuria slum rehabilitation scam near Bandra Reclamation. It was alleged that several slum dwellers forged their document to get rooms in the building constructed.

BDD chawl redevelopment plans to be expedited: Devendra Fadnavis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Announcing that all pending redevelopment related projects in Mumbai will be cleared in next 2 years, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday assured that all the Bombay Development Directorate (BDD) chawl residents will be provided with their own flats in a stipulated time-frame.Fadnavis on Saturday laid foundation for construction work for biggest urban renewal project in the country spread over 92 acres of land at four places in Mumbai. The redevelopment work will rehabilitate over 16 thousand families who are residents of 95-year-old British-era BDD chawls.Criticising erstwhile Congress-NCP government for eyeing on BDD chawls land for serving their own interest, Fadnavis said that his government cleared the project by giving it a special project status and has passed on the benefits to the residents.There are 207 chawls spread over Sewri, N M Joshi Marg, Worli and Naigaon with Worli having the biggest space of 58 acres out of total 92 acres. The chawl residents who are staying in the 160 square-feet-tenements will be provided with 500 square feet flats on ownership basis. The total project is worth Rs 16-17 thousand crore. The construction work on an open plot at Naigaon and N M Joshi Marg started on Saturday.Stating the importance of political will for any project, Fadnavis said that he has heard discussion and debate on BDD chawl redevelopment ever since he became an MLA. He said that after being made BJP state unit president he had addressed the BDD residents after Late Gopinath Munde staged demonstrations for BDD chawl redevelopment. Fadnavis pointed out that the Opposition raised the issue and the then government or chief minister only kept on giving assurances. Fadnavis said, “After coming to power, I held a meeting and in the first meeting project was cleared. We had to take 16 different decisions even by changing the rules and bye-laws for enabling this country’s biggest urban renewal project.”Stating that BDD chawls are nothing but part of history of native Mumbaikars, dreams of these people and their struggle in this city for survival, Fadnavis said, “That is the reason the government has decided to convert these tenants into owners of their own homes. Private builders would have taken 68 per cent by developing the homes for tenants in remaining 32 per cent land but the government will be using 68 per cent land for providing big homes for chawl residents and will generate money by developing the remaining 32 per cent land space.”Minister for Housing Development Prakash Maheta, Minister of State Ravindra Waikar, Guardian Ministers for Mumbai and Mumbai District Subhash Desai and Vinod Tawde, Lok Sabha MP Arvind Savant, MLAs Ashish Shelar, Kalidas Kolambkar, Sunil Shinde, Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Raj Purohit, Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, Chief Secretary Sumit Mallik, Housing Development Additional Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar, MHADA CEO SS Zende, Mumbai circle Chief Officer Subhash Lakhe were also present at the ceremony.Mhada has started construction work on two vacant plots at Naigaon-NM Joshi Marg where two to three buildings would come up.Naigaon and N M Joshi Marg projects are worth Rs. 2900 and Rs. 3100 crores and according to S S Jhende, the Mhada CEO money would not be a problem. Mhada would pull from its funds and Hudco would als provide money, he added.The residents, a total of 16,650 for all the 207 Chawls would go for agreement with Mhada preventing the sell of the flats for ten years.The Chawl residents would now become flat owners and they can not afford the Civic Taxes so an arrangement of telescopic tax which means that they would have to pay 10 per cent tax this year, 20 per cent next year so that on tenth year they would have tax amount equaling today’s tax.

Maharashtra: Kolhapur Police arrests Dalit writer Krishna Kirwale’s murderer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Dalit writer and thinker Dr. Krishna Kirwale was found murdered at his own residence in the Mhada colony at Rajendra Nagar in Kolhapur, the Rajarampuri police station on Saturday afternoon arrested two suspects in the case. It has also been revealed that Kirwale was murdered over a property-related motive.The accused, Pritam Patil and his mother have been arrested by the police on Saturday.According to police, Kirwale was selling his house to the accused Pritam Patil in a deal had been struck. Kirwale wanted to increase the price of the house, but Patil did not agree to increase it above the decided amount, the police said. However, with Kirwale firm on the price, Patil was asking for the advance he had paid to be returned to him. Kirwale and Patil had heated arguments on this several times, the police claimed.”We have arrested Patil and his mother and it has been revealed during the investigation that Kirwale was murdered due to the property issue. Our investigation is on, and within another 24-48 hours, the whole sequence of events will be clear, ” said MB Tambade, Superintendent of Police, Kolhapur A case of murder has been registered at the Rajarampuri Police Station.Kirwale was a professor and head of the Marathi Department at the Shivaji Vidyapeeth in Kolhapur, and had retired recently. He was found dead, lying in a pool of blood in his bedroom, by his wife.

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