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