Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has called a meeting of MLAs from Mumbai next Thursday to discuss delays in redevelopment projects of dilapidated MHADA buildings. Chavan has also urged the Shiv Sena to call off its Monday morcha it plans to carry out along with 50,000 affected MHADA residents. The Sena,however,is adamant on carrying out its morcha.
Sena leader Subhash Desai had announced on Friday that Sena will hold the morcha against the apathy of the state in implementing redevelopment projects of 3,071 dilapidated MHADA buildings inhabited by more than 1.1 lakh residents.
The Sena has demanded that the state government revert to its old policy wherein the developer pays a premium to MHADA in lieu of additional carpet area generated after rehabilitating original tenants. The rule was amended in 2010 wherein the builder had to hand over two-thirds of additional flats to the MHADA.
Sena leaders claim this change has put a brake on the already delayed projects as no incentives are left for builders. However,Chavan said the rules were changed so that MHADA can make affordable homes available in the city,which is a primary duty of the housing body.
Some builders have requested the state to revert to the old rule of charging premium instead of giving flats to MHADA. But that prevents MHADA from carrying out its most important duty of generating affordable homes. We request the Sena to call off the morch, said Chavan.
Sena MLC Diwakar Ravte said that people are fed up of false assurances given by the government and that the Sena will go ahead with its planned rally on Monday.