Jitendra Awhad
Jitendra Awhad

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government, in a bid to put the redevelopment of cooperative societies in Mumbai and the rest of the state on fast track, has taken a decision to establish an Appellate Authority for early redressal of disputes. 

Although the previous BJP-led government in July 2019 had decided to bring down the consent required for redevelopment of housing societies from 70% to 51%, the redevelopment of such societies was yet to take shape for want of an Appellate Authority.

Minister of Housing Jitendra Awhad told FPJ, ''The State cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has approved setting up of an Appellate Authority. This is yet another initiative to revive the ailing housing industry in the city.''

The government's move will bring cheer to one lakh registered housing societies in Maharashtra. Of these, 60,000 societies are located in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Palghar. Most of the societies in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) will benefit.

Another minister said, ''If the majority votes in favour of a project, then the redevelopment should not get stuck due to a minority. That was fine, but in the event of a dispute among tenants there was no provision for an Appellate Authority; and approaching the court was time consuming. 

Therefore, the government hopes to give much needed push to redevelopment of cooperative societies, as disputes among tenants can be now resolved in the Appellate Authority.''

In another development, the state cabinet has given its nod to scrapping of the Maharashtra International Education Board established by the Fadnavis government.

It will now be merged in the higher and secondary board.

The cabinet concluded that the MIEB was controlled by a group of people and had no transparency in its working. The BJP-led government had not secured the necessary approval of the State Education and Research & Training Council for the establishment of MIEB, it is pointed out.

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