With complaints regarding frauds and malpractice mounting in redevelopment projects on public land, the Maharashtra government has decided to provide a new platform for grievance redressal in such cases.
Senior officials said the housing department would soon issue orders appointing a new quasi judicial body for resolving disputes with regard to eligibility for rehabilitation, the rehabilitation area, complaints of irregularities or delays, and fraud in redevelopment projects of cessed properties in the island city or societies on land owned by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA).
A high-powered committee under principal secretary (housing) will be tasked with the responsibility. The committee currently functions as an appellate authority for similar complaints in slum rehabilitation projects. The committee’s members include senior officials from the MHADA, the chief executive officer of the SRA, the Mumbai civic commissioner, and the Mumbai metropolitan commissioner.
Just like in the case of SRA schemes, senior officials confirmed, the committee would also have the power to summon developers or government officials against whom complaints are filed and also take action against them. They can even, if required, cancel the redevelopment project. Such cases are handled at the government level. The government has, however, said it is keen to provide another platform for grievance redressal in such projects.
The sources also said the government was concerned about the rising number of cases that were pending at its level.