Mumbai: BJP leader Raj Purohit demands free houses for those living in old buildings

Mumbai: Raj Purohit, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator and a member of the committee, appointed by the state to study the issue of old dilapidated buildings in Mumbai, suggested that around 7,000 structurally dangerous buildings in south Mumbai should be acquired by the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (MHADA) for redevelopment.

Purohit has submitted his suggestions to Prakash Mehta, the chairman of the committee chairman and housing minister on Tuesday. Purohit, while speaking with mediapersons said that almost 6,000 to 7,000 cessed (private buildings which pays tax to MHADA) dilapidated buildings are in south Mumbai. Out of these, 14,000 buildings need to be reconstructed.

“The state agency MHADA should take over all these 7,000 buildings for redevelopment, on the lines of BDD chawl project. Tenants, living in south Mumbai, should also be eligible to get at least 500 square feet house in redeveloped buildings,” Purohit said.

While advocating his demand, the BJP legislator compared these tenants with alleged Bangladesh citizens living in slums. “If state government can give Bangladeshi slum dwellers who were living on footpath of P Demello Road, a pakka house with free of cost, why can’t tenants living in old dilapidated buildings be get the same benefit?” questioned Purohit. The state had set up an 8-member committee comprising legislators elected from Mumbai city and suburban city from ruling BJP, Shiv Sena and opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress party. The committee is looking after the issues about delay in redevelopment and other issues related to old and dilapidated buildings in Mumbai.

“A committee had held three meetings and is expected to submit its report within the next two months,” said Purohit, a member of the committee.

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