In a major announcement, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has declared that the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) would now be the planning authority, for all future government housing schemes in Mumbai and its surrounding metropolitan region.
The decision was taken in a recent meeting, chaired by CM, Housing Minister Prakash Mehta, minister of state Ravindra Waikar and senior officials of SRA and MHADA. Giving more information on the meeting, officials said that CM has reviewed the progress of various affordable housing schemes continuing in the city.
According to officials, “CM ordered the constitution of a committee, comprising the urban and revenue secretaries to review pending proposals, as well as to check quality control.”
Other major points which were the topic of discussion in the meeting were creation of new housing stock, new provisions in the SRA, Development Control Regulations, MHADA redevelopment, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and housing on public-private partnership mode.
Officials further said that CM has also ordered the rehabilitation of 29,225 tenements would be completed by March 2019, under the SRA as well as he also said that environment clearances must be brought under the Right to Services Act.
Till now, the main work of MHADA includes implementation of redevelopment projects and construction of affordable homes under the lottery system. But after the above development, the authority will permanently look after Centre’s flagship scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY), and other important projects.