6 months after lottery,MHADA yet to refund deposits to all

It was mandatory for each participant to deposit Rs 10,000 with the housing authority.

Written by MANASI PHADKE | Mumbai | Published: December 7, 2013 12:32 am

In May,Heena Sayyed applied for a subsidised house under the category of the economically weaker section by participating in an annual lottery of affordable houses. The lottery was conducted by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA). Heena,who did not win a house in the draw of lots,is still struggling to recover the amount she deposited as earnest money.

It was mandatory for each participant to deposit Rs 10,000 with the housing authority.

Heena,who lives with her husband on rent in Malvani,is among the 250-odd applicants who did not win a house and are still struggling to get their deposit back from MHADA. They frequently visit the MHADA office at Kalanagar,Bandra East. However,it does not yield any result.

Parvez Ansari,Heena’s husband,said,“I have visited the MHADA office two to three times. I couldn’t understand anything about the process. Then I sent my friend. Whenever he visits them,officials say the process will take more time and that we must be patient. He last visited the MHADA office around three weeks ago.”

The housing authority conducted its annual lottery of affordable houses on May 31 when it put on the block 1,244 houses across Mumbai. A total of 87,647 applicants for vying for the flats.

Vishal Deshmukh,deputy chief officer of the Mumbai board,said the authority had collected Rs 200 crore in earnest money deposit and has so far returned most of it. “Only about Rs 70 lakh to Rs 75 lakh remains to be returned. There are roughly 250 cases. This is mostly because the applicants have not provided us with the correct bank details. We are clearing the cases as and when people are coming to us,” Deshmukh said.

However,Manjit Sawant,another applicant who is yet to get back his deposit said,“It is not possible that they don’t have our correct details. I had made an online payment when I applied for the lottery. The bank details should be there in their database. Whenever we go,they say it is under process. Every time I have to go to MHADA,I have to apply for a leave at my workplace.”

Sawant had applied for a house in Kandivali under the middle-income group category and had made a payment of Rs 15,100 as the earnest money deposit.

manasi. phadke@expressindia.com

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