BMC, Mhada must act responsibly: Bombay HC

courtRaising the concern over increasing the number of building collapse incidents during the last one year, the Bombay High Court declared that authorities like Brihanmumba Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) must show more responsibility rather than shift blame on each other.

The order was given by a bench of Justices VM Kanade and MS Sonak while hearing a plea filed by Hare Krishna developers asking a direction of Mhada to take action against removing tenants from a 90 year old structure which may collapse at any time.

The developer had a deed to re-develop the old structure, while 70 pc of the tenants have agreed, the remaining 30 pc are refusing to vacate the compound despite the builder had given assurance to provide rental arrangements in alternative accommodation.

While the BMC and the fire dept had given their clearances, but the Mhada officials are insisting that the builder should provide alternate accommodation to the tenants.

The accepted that the structure is in a bad condition and likely to collapse any time. Its is unfortunate that Mhada and BMC officials are trying to put blame on each other and the petitioner for delay in evicting the tenants who are not cooperating.

The bench has directed Mhada to hold an investigation and pass appropriate orders within two weeks.

BAI Advices Maharashtra Government to Take Over SRA Redevelopment

MUMBAI: In view of the tremendous response received by state-run housing corporation MHADA for its offer of 4,034 houses under different categories, Builders Association of India has adviced the Maharashtra government to take control of the redevelopment of SRA schemes and nominate MHADA, MMRDA and CIDCO as the official agencies for redevelopment of slum. BAI Treasurer, Anand Gupta said, “MHADA, MMRDA and CIDCO like agencies could offer free rehabilitation houses to eligible slum residents by constructing multi – storied buildings as provided in the SRA Scheme. They can sell the balance area to all those applicants of MHADA flats who did not get allotment”. BAI has sent a written proposal to state government in this regard.

“Over 2 lakh people had applied for the 4,034 MHADA flats in May this year, and nearly 7 lakh home-seekers are expecting that they will get flats at very reasonable rates. Funding such projects will not be an issue since customers are ready to buy the houses at rates and terms of payment as announced by MHADA”. MHADA has a unique advantage, it has over a period of time collected a huge data base of home-seekers in Mumbai, which promises ready customers for affordable and mass housing segments.

All these Government bodies have made the mandatory consent by 70 percent slum residents will not be required. As per SRA record, 1,046 plots are available with state Government for redevelopment. That can house 3,70,000 flats of 430 square feet as per carpet area, and provide housing to six lac slum residents.