Bhayandar : People forced to risk their lives (or have been evacuated) by staying in rickety structures of Mira Bhayandar, have a reason to smile, as they will soon get flats built by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). The Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has finally listed the draft proposal in the agenda of general body, scheduled on 11, February, so as to decide the disbursement criteria and monthly rent of the flats.

The State government authorities had given its nod to the proposal mooted by the MBMC for leasing out 50% units for transit accommodation under the MMRDA’s ambitious Rental Housing Scheme (RHS) at a price of Re 1 per square metre for a period of thirty years.

The MBMC in turn will utilise the flats ad-measuring 160 square feet, as transit settlements for people belonging to dilapidated structures in the twin-city.

NCP legislator Gilbert Mendonca and Mayor Catlin Pereira had been apprising government agencies about the need for transit settlements to house people living in dangerous buildings.

The proposal moved by the civic administration moots a monthly rent of Rs 6,729 from beneficiaries (who do not own any other residential property in the region) on a 3-year Leave License Scheme. Selected by lottery, the beneficiaries will be allowed to stay in these flats till their original buildings are redeveloped or if they find other accommodations.

Under the RHS, around 4670 units in five major projects located in Mira Road and Kashimira will be made available by private construction companies to MMRDA, out of which nearly 1752 units will be utilized by the MBMC for housing people living in dangerous building and 583 will be kept as reserved alternative transit for emergency situations.

The GB house will give final touches to the draft proposal.

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