MHADA redevelopment: State govt. to charge premium only

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Mumbai: To increase the stock of housing units in the city, the State government on Thursday decided to allow the redevelopment of Maharashtra Area Housing Development Authority (MHADA) layouts by offering FSI of three, only charging the developer’s premium and not requiring that they give some of the housing units back to the government. The decision will add one lakh houses to the city’s housing stock.

Housing Minister Prakash Mehta said MHADA plots up to 2,000 sq.m. in size will be up for redevelopment. As much as 85 per cent of MHADA layouts are between 700 and 1,200 sq.m. and will qualify for the scheme. The government will only take a premium for redevelopment, and the condition that builders must give a certain quota of redeveloped housing units back to the government or MHADA has been done away with, Mr. Mehta said.

He said there were no takers for redevelopment of five sectors in Dharavi. “We are planning to develop Dharavi by creating a 12-sector township scheme,” he said.

Mr. Mehta said many redevelopment schemes of the 104 MHADA layouts under MHADAs 33(5) scheme were stalled because the developers were finding it unviable to return part of the units built to the government, and pay premium as well. “Most of the redevelopment schemes have been stalled for more than seven years,” he said.

As far as tenements for original inhabitants of transit camps are concerned, he said the government intends to give in-situ (at site) affordable tenements to original inhabitants on outright ownership basis. “Encroachers who have been living for more than 10 years in the Transit Camps will be given tenements under affordable housing after levying certain charges. To do this, the government will have to amend the law,” Mr. Mehta said.