No lottery houses for Mumbaikars

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) Chairman Uday Samant declared on Tuesday that lottery for 14,621 lottery houses will be held before August 15. However, these lottery houses are in Pune (2,000 houses), Nashik (92), Aurangabad (148), Konkan (5300 PMAY houses), Amravati (1200) and Nagpur (891). While the remaining 5,000 houses in Mumbai are for mill workers, for which the lottery will be held at the same time.

Regarding no housing stock or sufficient houses for the lottery draw, Madhu Chavan, the Mumbai Board MHADA Chairman said, "As of now, we are getting housing stock from private builders. But in the future, MHADA will have huge numbers in terms of housing stock. Housing projects such as Bombay Development Directorate (BDD) chawls redevelopment, Motilal Nagar in Goregaon will create houses in future. Meanwhile, he also accepted the fact that Mumbai Board cannot fulfill every Mumbaikar's housing dream."

MHADA is also eyeing the incomplete redevelopment projects for increasing the housing stock. Samant said, "A committee has been formed under the leadership of Mumbai board chairman to take a policy decision on giving corpus funds and rents to the tenants living in old building." Currently, MHADA cannot give funds or rents due to which the redevelopment goes to the private builders. He added, "If MHADA takes up these incomplete redevelopment projects then tenants will have surety that the project will complete on time, which is usually not the case when private builders do the building construction work."

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