Wait continues: 10 per cent of 2011 MHADA lottery winners finally get lucky

After a wait of nearly two years,around 10 per cent of the Mumbai housing board’s 2011 lottery winners will get possession of the houses.

Written by MANASI PHADKE | Published: February 28, 2013 1:36:11 am

After a wait of nearly two years,around 10 per cent of the Mumbai housing board’s 2011 lottery winners will get possession of the houses.

While Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) will hand over possession to 391 of the 4,034 people who got a house in the 2011 lottery,the wait will continue for the rest.

MHADA officials say the remaining houses are still in various stages of getting an occupation certificate from the civic body and only 10 per cent of the houses allotted in the 2011 lottery have got the certificate.

In majority of the cases,the successful applicants have paid the entire amount for the houses and have started paying off their loans.

“In the letter that MHADA gave us we were told that the house is ready and that if we pay soon,we will get the possession but that did not happen,” said Saurabh Kelkar,whose wife had won a MHADA house in its high-income group colony at Powai.

In Kelkar’s case,MHADA started the process of handing over possession to the family’s new house around 15 days ago.

From the 2011 lottery,MHADA has received occupation certificates and has begun the allotment process for 180 houses for the low-income group and 18 for the economically weaker sections in Mankhurd.

The housing board has also started the allotment process for several houses in the high-income group — 110 in Powai,28 in Dahisar and 55 in Magathane,Borivali.

“The entire exercise of handing over possession will take five-six months. From the previous lotteries,we have completed the possession of all houses from the 2009 lottery,whereas for the 2010 lottery we are in the process of handing over the possession of the last few houses in Mankhurd,” a senior official from MHADA’s Mumbai board said.

For the 2012 lottery,MHADA has recently completed the process of determining the eligibility of the successful applicants.

Until now,for completed tenements,the lottery winners had to deposit 25 per cent of the price within one month and the rest in installments over the next two months.

For tenements under-construction,lottery winners had to deposit 10 per cent of the total amount within one month,40 per cent each in the following two months and the remaining 10 per cent after the house gets the occupation certificate.

However,as possession in several cases is stuck due to delay in getting occupation certificates,MHADA had recently changed its payment norms so that lottery winners have to pay most of the amount only after getting possession.

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