After years but within months of being appointed as the planning authority, MHADA received 107 proposals from various MHADA buildings located in its layout and seeking redevelopment. Of these, 47 proposals have received various approvals. Of the 47 proposals, close to half a dozen are self-redevelopment proposals.
MHADA changed its policy where it had decided to give No Objection Certificates to only those buildings, which agreed to give housing stock in return. After this stand, the redevelopment of MHADA buildings had almost come to a standstill and there were hardly any proposals that reached the body.
However, later there was a change in the policy where the government allowed housing stock in certain cases and premium in certain other cases for giving out an NOC. This helped, as the authority started receiving various proposals.
“After MHADA has been appointed as the planning authority, and with the change in policy response has been good, we hardly received proposals earlier but within few months we got more than 107 proposals, of which 47 have received approvals at various stages. Apart from these close to 12-15 approvals have been sent back for further clarity. Many other proposals are being considered. The change in policy and MHADA becoming the planning authority will fasten approval work and help buildings redevelop quicker,” said a MHADA official.
The six self-redevelopment buildings are located at Ghatkopar, Mulund, Bandra and other areas.
Apart from this, MHADA officials say that currently there are some 2.10 lakh residents in the 114 layouts ( comprising of several buildings) of MHADA in the city. If all of them are redeveloped, apart from the 2.10 lakh rehab homes, lakhs of homes will be generated additionally, that will be sold in the market.
Most buildings are in a dilapidated condition and need redevelopment, but it was stuck at various levels. Now with approvals being handed out at MHADA, from where these buildings need permissions, it is expected that redevelopment will be quick.
The government earlier this year, allowed MHADA to become the planning authority for the 56 colonies of its 114 layouts and also for the homes to be constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY urban). According to MHADA, since the time of appointment, they formed various cells that are active from the body’s office in Bandra, east.
CHANGE IN POLICY
To give out an NOC, MHADA later agreed to receiving housing stock in some cases & premium in certain other cases. With this change in policy, it started getting proposals for redevelopment
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