Thousands of retrenched workers from Mumbais textile mills may finally get their dream homes soon. The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) plans to hold its first-ever draw of lots for mill workers next week. In its lottery,MHADA will hand over affordable houses to the winners.
Following a meeting of the MHADAs oversight committee on Wednesday,the housing board is planning to hold the lottery on June 28. We are yet to officially declare the date but as of now,we have agreed on June 28, said a committee member.
Meanwhile,MHADA has written to the police commissioner asking for extra security following threats from the trade union Girni Kamgaar Sena,a Shiv Sena affiliate. The union has demanded that the lottery be called off unless MHADA agrees to provide the houses free-of-cost.
The lottery process was derailed following demands for free housing by various unions. After negotiations with the unions,it was decided that each of the 6,985 apartments would be sold at a subsidised price of Rs 4.81 lakh to Rs 9.35 lakh. There is no going back now as we have decided on the lottery process after every other trade union agreed to the price, said a MHADA official.
Of the 1.48 lakh workers from 58 defunct textile mills,only 43,099 from 18 mills will get to participate in the lottery. The other mills are yet to hand over land to MHADA for construction of housing for mill workers.
Most of the houses have been built on New Hind Textile mill land,which was handed over by the National Textile Corporation (NTC). The rest will come up on private mill land such as Gokuldas Morarji mill no 1 & 2,Piramal,Shriram,Simplex,Standard mills at Sewri and Prabhadevi,Swadeshi mill,Dawn mill and Swan mill at Sewri and Kurla.