Ahead of the 2017 BMC elections, the state government on Monday put a stay on the ouster of 1.63 lakh illegal tenants violating the Slum Rehabilitation Authority norms in Mumbai suburbs. The state government has also assured to set up the Maharashtra Housing Regulatory Authority in the next two months to streamline problems in the housing sector.
The apex court had directed the SRA to conduct a survey of the allotments under this scheme in the city to ascertain illegal transfer of tenements by original allottees. The court had directed the SRA to drive the illegal tenants out of the schemes and take the houses in its custody.
Housing Minister Prakash Mehta said, “Since the tenants who brought the houses and those who sold them are poor, we have decided to stay the process of vacating the occupants. Since the supreme court has urged the SRA to drive the occupants out of the dwellings for violating the norms, we will refer the matter to the law and judiciary department. Accordingly, we would place our views in the court.”
Earlier, Ashish Shelar (MLA) had written a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and also raised the issue in the state legislative Assembly.
Earlier, the court noted that if action was not taken against those who were violating the rules, the objective of the SRA would be defeated, as allottees were given tenements for free.
As per rules, occupants who get houses through SRA are prohibited from selling it within ten years.