MHADA set to make home owners of cops living as tenants in BDD chawl

Mumbai: The state government has ordered Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (MHADA) to provide permanent flats to those police personnel residing in Bombay Development Directorate (BDD) chawl for the past 30 years. At present, the police personnels are residing in BDD chawl on a rental basis.

There are at least 2950 police personnels who are currently residing in BDD chawl since the last 30 years. The plan is to provide permanent flats to the police personnel residing in the chawl for the last 30 years. This decision was taken during a meeting conducted by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with several other MHADA officials.

Under the BDD chawl redevelopment plan, the appointed police personnel will receive flats within the premises of BDD chawl on a rental basis. The idea is to provide ownership of the houses to the police personnel residing in BDD chawl. “The idea is to collect the construction cost of the houses from these police personnels and hand over the ownership of the houses to them. They have been residing in these quarters on a rental basis for the past 30 years,” said a MHADA official.

The state government would issue a resolution pertaining to the decision to provide ownership of the houses to the police personnels. After a resolution is passed by the government, the procedure of collecting valid documents would begin in order to find out police personnels residing in the chawl for at least 30 years.

“MHADA is yet to take a final decision on it. Once the decision is taken, both MHADA and the Housing epartment will work together to provide the houses to the police personnel,” added a source close to the housing department. Another topic discussed during the meeting was penalising those families which are staying in the BDD chawl illegally.

“In the meeting, it was decided to regularize the same by penalizing the illegal families residing in BDD chawls. Fadnavis also demanded that all the repairs and construction work in these chawls must begin at the earliest,” added the official.

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