Mumbai: Form societies, cash-strapped repairs board asks residents

Mumbai: Officials of the Mumbai Building Repairs and Reconstruction Board (MBRRB), an undertaking of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA), will conduct a drive to convince residents of 374 buildings in South Mumbai reconstructed by MHADA to take ownership rights and form societies, according to an MBRRB official.

The official said, “The board is already facing a financial crisis. There are 17,000 cessed buildings, whose repair costs are borne by us. Therefore, if the 374 reconstructed buildings form societies, the board will no longer be required to undertake responsibility for the repairs. Most importantly, they will become the owners of the land, which is still under the MHADA ownership.”

Earlier, the Free Press Journal reported that the MBRRB has borrowed `100 crore from the MHADA to conduct repairs in 17,000 cessed buildings. The state government directed the MHADA to provide funds since the repair board was strapped for cash and repair work was stalled. Finally, `100 crore was released to the MBRRB by the MHADA in November 2018. However, another official said the tenants are not ready to form societies since these reconstructed buildings are crumbling.

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