Starting Tuesday, people will be able to make online applications for this year’s lottery of subsidised houses by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to be held on May 31.
This year, MHADA has advertised to sell 814 houses through its Mumbai board and 1,827 houses in Virar and Vengurla through its Konkan board.
“ Those interested will be able to make applications from 2 pm on Tuesday. The last date for submission of applications will be May 15,” said MHADA spokesperson Vaishali Sadansingh.
Of the 814 houses in Mumbai, 235 tenements in Mankhurd and 62 in Magathane, Borivali, are for the economically weaker sections, while 207 units in Kurla’s Vinobha Bhave Nagar are for the lower-income group. Likewise, 56 houses in Sion’s Pratiksha Nagar and nine in Tungwa village in Powai will be open to those in the middle-income group, while 245 houses, in Powai, Santacruz and Dahisar, are for the higher-income group.
The most expensive houses to be sold in the lottery this year are the ones at Dahisar, costing Rs 80.98 lakh each, followed by those in Santacruz, costing Rs 79.2 lakh.
Of the tenements being sold by the Konkan board, 1,716 are in under-construction complex at Bolinj, Virar, while the rest are at Vingurla in the Sindhudurg district. Of the Virar houses, 1,116 are for the lower-income group costing Rs 26.19 lakh each, while the rest, for Rs 50.21 lakh each, are for the middle-income group.
This year, to keep up with the rise in the consumer price index and the increasing cost of its houses, MHADA has also revised the income criteria for applications. Now, those with a monthly income of up to Rs 16,000 fall in the economically weaker section. Those with a monthly income of Rs 16,000-Rs 40,000 fall in the lower-income group. The middle-income group includes those with a monthly income of Rs 40,000-Rs 70,000, while the higher-income group refers to those earning more than Rs 70,000 per month.