MHADA LIG res­i­dents’ day-long protest for dis­crim­i­na­tory re­de­vel­op­ment pol­icy

Accommodation Times - - Current Affairs - By Jayashree Shetty

Brav­ing in­ter­mit­tent down­pour res­i­dents of 56colonies in Mum­bai held a day-long protest on Fri­day in front of the head­quar­ters of MHADA (Ma­ha­rash­tra Hous­ing and Area Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity) against dis­crim­i­na­tory and in­ept at­ti­tude of the Congress-NCP led com­bine gov­ern­ment in the State re­gards its new re­de­vel­op­ment pol­icy that dif­fer­en­ti­ated between MIG and LIG res­i­dents

Hold­ing plac­ards say­ing: “Gali gali mein shor hain MHADA mein jhol hain” and “… Mukhya mantra shashan kamjor hain” res­i­dents com­pris­ing se­nior cit­i­zens, el­ders, work­ing women and home­mak­ers braved an er­ratic weather of sun and rain de­mand­ing an area of 484 square feet as pro­vided in the ear­lier GR dated 6-12-2008 for MHADA LIG build­ings.

“The gov­ern­ment re­fuses to make any ef­fort to­wards cor­rect­ing its faulty and dis­crim­i­na­tory pol­icy,” says Su­nil Desh­pande, a res­i­dent and mem­ber of the MHADA LIG res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tion, Ban­dra (east). “We will not rest with­out tak­ing our right”, he added an­grily thump­ing his chest. Dis­play­ing their anger and frus­tra­tion other pro­test­ers raised their fists in the air shout­ing slo­gans against chief min­is­ter Prithvi­raj Cha­van for lax poli­cies and a scant dis­re­gard to the woes of lakhs of peo­ple liv­ing for years in struc­turally poor build­ings. Most LIG build­ings across the city are run­down, cracked, suf­fer leak­age prob­lems in rains and are in need of im­me­di­ate re­pairs. The state gov­ern­ment in its new changed re­de­vel­op­ment pol­icy dis­crim­i­nated between two cat­e­gories of res­i­den­tial lo­cal­i­ties – MIG (Mid­dle In­come Group) and LIG (Lower In­come Groups). In re­de­vel­op­ing the old and di­lap­i­dated MHADA res­i­den­tial colonies most MIG build­ings en­joyed the ben­e­fits of having an ex­tra 2.5 FSI (Floor Space In­dex) with pre­mium, but the LIG build­ings had none be­cause by the time they started their process the gov­ern­ment, led by Cha­van, stayed the ear­lier pol­icy. In the ear­lier pol­icy, an LIG res­i­dent would have got an area ad­mea­sur­ing between 484 and 600 sq. ft. The changed pol­icy gives res­i­dents a lesser area of around 300 sq. ft. al­most the same area they have been oc­cu­py­ing for more than sixty years! So­ci­eties study­ing the nitty-gritty’s and plan­ning about how to go ahead with the re­de­vel­op­ment process were left in the lurch. Such so­ci­eties were yet to be­gin with the required le­gal for­mal­i­ties.

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