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The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority has decided to bring the matters of redevelopment of existing slums and MHADA buildings under its regulations, as declared by Prakash Mehta, State Housing Development Minister as a reply to R Tamil Selvan BJP MLA from Dharavi in the Legislative Assembly.
According to the legislation, the slums are to be developed by builders under Slum Rehabilitation guidelines and comprise a saleable portion. This does not include the homes meant for rehabilitating slum dwellers. A senior housing department official gave an assumption that this is going to affect the lives of at least 50-55 percent of the Mumbai population. 2011 census says almost 41 percent of the total population lives in slums. He also said that there are almost 104 major colonies are build up under Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority, of which 56 are large ones with several buildings.
On passing the executive order by the government with necessary changes made, both the segments shall come under the state’s RERA. Before this, RERA did not regulate the construction of buildings which are meant for rehabilitation. It was only regulated the sale of those houses which are for fresh sales and not for rehabilitation, but in the same building with the SRA houses. Both the segments under the same regulations is expected to streamline the development of buildings and protect the rights of the flat owners.
MLA Selvan earlier accused that the builders who undertook the work under SRA are selling the projects to other builders, which is beneficial to the builders but hampering the interests of the flat owners, their rights are being violated. To the accusation, Mehta replied by agreeing on the point of Selvan that builders are starting the project and disappearing later, but once both the rehab projects of SRA and MHADA come under the same regulations of RERA, the builders shall be bound to get bank guarantees and other assurances which will prevent them from continuing the present activity violating the rights of the flat owners.
Ravindra Waikar, Minister of State for Housing already said that the government would bring more transparency in reply to a query by Mumbadevi MLA Amin Patel earlier. He also said that they would hold a joint meeting of 126 SRAs in the Dharavi area with the other MLAs from Mumbai to reach a solution. He also gave an assurance the House that an office of RERA shall be established in neighbouring area of Thane to address the issues faced by the residents over there.
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