In a latest development, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) has decided to swap the Bombay Development Directorate (BDD) chawl transit homes with those to be offered to the cancer patients of Tata Hospital. This was announced by Vinod Ghosalkar, Chairman of the Mumbai Building Repairs and Redevelopment Board (MBRRB). There are 1,800 transit homes in Srinivas Mill. Earlier, this was reserved for BDD chawl tenants. However, now it will be swapped with the houses located in a different building that was meant for the cancer patients.
This decision was taken following a controversy wherein Shiv Sena legislator Ajay Chaudhary wrote letter to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, complaining about the objections raised by the building residents.
The keys of the homes were given by NCP president Sharad Pawar in May, this year. However, after the objections were raised by locals, the CM had stayed the transfer of 100 flats.
Meanwhile, an official from the MBRRB, who did not wish to be named, said that it does not have enough transit homes to shift the families living in C1 structures. Despite this, they are now giving unsold lottery homes to Tata hospital for the cancer patients’ families on humanitarian grounds.