As per the recently issued guidelines, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) will have to take prior permission of the State Housing Department before proceeding with redevelopment activities.

According to a recently released circular by the State Government, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) will have to obtain approval from the Housing Department before undertaking a redevelopment project. MHADA owns over 5000 plots across the State.

In addition to MHADA, the Slum Improvement Board (SIB), which has access to the Member of Parliament (MP) and Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) owned funds, will also require prior permission from the State government. As the government does not have any control over such redevelopment projects, it is helpless in the cases of complaints by the residents.

Prior to the present guidelines, the Housing Department had issued some government resolutions requiring MHADA to discuss project details with the department before the issuance of the No Objection Certificate (NOC) and Letter of Intent (LOI). The present circular has also specified the plot sizes.

Various MHADA properties across Mumbai are encroached upon or taken over by unscrupulous trusts under the guise of development.

According to a senior official of MHADA, “The development authority has learnt from its previous mistakes. For instance, the redevelopment of Patra Chawl is stalled for 22 years. The entrusted developer had sold the MHADA land to other developers and the original inhabitants are yet to get homes.”

However, some industry experts are terming the move redundant as representatives of the Housing department are already on the managing board of MHADA. After the introduction of new rules, MHADA will have to reach out to the Housing Department for every issue.