MHADA to hold lot­tery for 4, 700 af­ford­able homes in 2015

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Al­most dou­ble the num­ber of flats sold in its cur­rent year’s draw Ma­ha­rash­tra Hous­ing and Area Devel­op­ment Author­ity (MHADA) an­nounced that it will sell 4, 700af­ford­able homes in its an­nual lot­tery for next year. Al­most dou­ble the num­ber of flats sold in its cur­rent year’s draw. This is a start of gov­ern­ment’s agenda to build 30 mil­lion af­ford­able houses for weaker sec­tions, con­structed by nodal gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties. Dur­ing the last year, the au­thor- ity had sold 2,641 houses lo­cated in ar­eas like Mumbai, Bolinj in Vi­rar and Ven­gurla at Konkan’s Sind­hudurg dis­trict, this year they are in­creas­ing the num­bers to ben­e­fit more peo­ple from the scheme. The an­nounce­ment was made af­ter the MHADA’s author­ity meet­ing with state gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials on Fri­day, the num­ber of houses to be sold in Mumbai is also ex­pected to in­crease to 1,000 this year from 814 last year, said an of­fi­cial. Rest 3,700 houses wil be lo­cated at dif­fer­ent ar­eas of Vi­rar and Ven­gurla, added the of­fi­cial. The author­ity dur­ing the meet­ing also ap­proved MHADA’s pro­posal to es­tab­lish a spe­cial cell to act as a think­tank and ad­vise the gov­ern­ment on var­i­ous as­pects of af­ford­able hous­ing. The author­ity de­cided that the think­tank will be headed by the chief ex­ec­u­tive of MHADA. The com­mit­tee will com­prise of chief of­fi­cer of MHADA’s Mumbai board, and two more of­fi­cials from MHADA from the en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy sides as its mem­bers. And mem­bers from the state gov­ern­ment will in­clude, the hous­ing sec­re­tary, the chief en­gi­neer from the civic body’s devel­op­ment plan depart­ment, chiefs of Pune Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (PMC), City and Industrial Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (CIDCO) and the Hous­ing and Ur­ban Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HUDCO) would be ex-of­fi­cio mem­bers. The com­mit­tee will also com­prise ex­perts on hous­ing such as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Tata In­sti­tute of So­cial Sciences, devel­op­ment re­search in­sti­tutes, Mumbai Uni­ver­sity and the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Real Es­tate De­vel­op­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (CREDAI).

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