Maharashtra cabinet gives nod to rehabilitate tenants

Mumbai: The Maharashtra cabinet on Monday approved in situ (at site) rehabilitation of tenants living in transit camps of the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (MHADA) in Mumbai. The decision will benefit 21,135 tenants housed in 56 transit camps.

A Housing department official said the July 2013 investigation revealed there were 8,448 ineligible or illegal tenants in the transit camps. “Some tenants were found living in the transit camps for over 40 years. In the interim period, many of these transit camps have gone in for renovation.

The decision entails rehabilitating the ineligible or illegal tenants in the same transit camps provided they relinquish the ownership claim over the tenement,” said the official. In another decision, the state cabinet approved the proposal to allocate 10 per cent of the total beds to charitable trusts and government medical centres for weaker and destitute persons for cataract or eye surgeries and other eye ailments.

It has been mandated for the hospitals to reserve and provide free or subsidised treatment to the weaker and the destitutes.
In a fourth such sop, the cabinet approved the proposal for granting 90 per cent concession in payment of the penalty on stamp duty char­ged on tenements and leave licence agreements in cooperative housing societies, residential and non-residential plots allocated by various government authorities.

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