Mumbai: State government, BMC owes Rs 2,394 crore to MHADA

Mumbai: After recently revealing that MHADA lacks funds to repair cessed buildings in Mumbai, MHADA hits back at state government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) that they owe 2,394 crore in arrears. A senior MHADA officer told Indian Express, “The amount that we are getting is very inadequate considering the number of cessed buildings. Due to the shortage of funds, we have to prioritise the repair works of cessed buildings based on the condition of the building and the urgency.”

MHADA’s Mumbai Building Repair and Reconstruction Board gets only RS 88 crore per year for repairs and reconstruction of Rs 14,375 depilated buildings. MHADA official also explained that the board is supposed to get Rs 100 crore per year, which includes   Rs 40 crore cess collection by the BMC and Rs 40 crore by the state government. And also added Rs 10 crore share by BMC and state government. Sumant Bhange, chief officer of the Board told Indian Express, “Over the years, the total arrears with the civic body are Rs 1,197 crore, which are to be paid to the state government. So in all, the total arrears with the BMC and the state government are Rs 2,394 crore.”

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