With the purchase price of about 84 low-cost homes in Powai being built for the higher-income group (HIG) being well over a crore, the state housing authority, which was set up with the intention of providing affordable housing for the public, has for now kept these out of its lottery this year.
The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) is considering allotting these houses to the state government to be used as housing quarters for its employees. Likewise, it is also contemplating allotting a few of these to the Coast Guard.
Niranjankumar Sudhanshu, chief officer of MHADA’s Mumbai board, said, “The state government had approached MHADA to allot a few houses for its employees. We have offered to do so. The proposal is currently under consideration with the General Administration Department of the state government. For now, we have not included these houses in this year’s lottery.” Sudhanshu added that the Coast Guard has been consistently approaching MHADA seeking housing stock for its staff.
The 84 houses that MHADA is planning to exclude from the stock this year are located in a high-rise in the authority’s complex at Tunga village in Powai. It is the same complex in which the housing authority sold 480 flats of 476.74 sq ft for HIG for Rs 75.22 lakh in its lottery in May 2013. Many applicants had found these houses expensive. There were fewer than usual applicants for the housing board’s lottery last year.
Even D K Jagdale, joint chief officer of MHADA’s Mumbai board, after winning a house in the authority’s lottery last year, had accepted that the Powai houses were expensive and he wished that he had got a house in the lottery at another location where the rate wasn’t this high.
The rate being applied to the 84 houses is similar, but the ticket size is much higher as the apartments are bigger in size with a carpet area of about 740 sq ft. According to MHADA officials, the cost of houses in its Powai complex is high as the authority has to construct a Municipal Training Institute on a part of the land for the civic body. The work also involves a fair amount of rock cutting.
THIS YEAR’ S DRAW
MHADA is planning to release a few other houses in its Powai complex that are smaller in size and where the overall price is not very high. This year, in this complex, there will be 108 houses with a carpet area of 476.74 sq ft for the higher-income group costing Rs 75.23 lakh and nine houses with a size of 305.91 sq ft for the middle-income group costing Rs 48.86 lakh.