Mumbai: In a bid to expedite the redevelopment of cessed buildings which are extremely dilapidated, the state government has directed Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority to vacate these structures and initiate their redevelopment work. Officials confirmed saying that there are more than 2,000 such structures across the city which need to be redeveloped.
According to sources in MHADA, the owners would be given a 90-day period to initiate redevelopment of their extremely dilapidated structure. He said, “The authority would start floating tenders for the redevelopment work after the owner fails to initiate it. These structures need immediate revamp and the residents need to shift to transit camps.”
He added that the discussion over expediting the redevelopment work is still ongoing and a decision will soon be out. The cessed buildings pay a specific amount of tax to MHADA’s Mumbai Repair and Reconstruction Board, which is responsible for carrying out repair and redevelopment work of these structures.
The authority has even agreed to offer a floor space index of 3 to attract developers to redevelop the project. MHADA officials confirmed that they will float tenders for the redevelopment work. Out of the entire redevelopment project, the developer is entitled to give a certain amount of housing stock, depending on the area of the plot, to MHADA who then includes these flats in the lottery.
The redevelopment will involve shifting the residents to transit camps. A senior MHADA official said, “It is very often that the occupants do not wish to shift to the transit camps, leaving their prime locations. This is one of the major reasons behind stalling of redevelopment work. We also try and counsel the occupants to vacate the dilapidated structures.”
The redevelopment projects help the authority by offering them flats from their saleable structures. Out of the entire redevelopment project, the developer is entitled to give a certain amount of housing stock, depending on the area of the plot, to MHADA who then includes these flats in the lottery. This comes weeks after the Bhendi Bazaar building collapse of Husaini building, which was part of the cluster redevelopment project worth Rs 4,000 crore.