The Maharashtra government would initiate the process of allotting 5,052 houses to mill workers this year, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced in the legislative assembly on Tuesday.
The chief minister made the announcement after a meeting with representatives of mill workers in Vidhan Bhavan.
Mill worker unions had earlier threatened to stage a sit-in strike outside Fadnavis’s residence over delays in providing these houses.
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While 2,634 flats measuring 225 sq ft will be allotted on six erstwhile mill lands in Mumbai, another 2,418 homes, measuring 320 sq ft, would be allotted on other lands in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).
On Tuesday, Fadnavis also fixed the allotment price for the Mumbai mill homes at Rs 9.5 lakh. The mill workers will have to pay Rs 6 lakh for the remaining homes in the MMR.
Earlier following the protest call by mill workers unions, the CMO invited representatives for discussions.
Fadnavis also declared that the government would soon conduct a lottery among eligible mill workers for allotting these houses.
The previous Congress-NCP government had allotted 7,900 homes to mill workers in Mumbai.