The Maharashtra State Government plans to introduce a new law to implement cluster-based development of dilapidated buildings in the Mumbai city. This decision is taken in reference to the residential building collapse that took place in the capital city recently.
Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister recently orders the housing department to come up with a comprehensive legislation regarding the same. He issued these directives in a review meeting that was held a day after building collapse in south Mumbai’s Dongri area in which 14 people died.
An official statement said that the chief minister asked the housing department to draw up a separate act to push cluster-based development of dilapidated buildings recognized as MHADA cessed structures in the metropolis.
Residents of buildings categorized as “cessed” are required to pay a levy to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) for their upkeep. Buildings constructed mostly before 1969 which pay cess to the state-run housing agency fall under this category.
CM also directed the officials to take legal action against developers who are involved in illegal construction.
The statement also said if there is more than one dilapidated building in a particular area, then redevelopment of all of them can be undertaken by treating them as a cluster and through a single real estate developer.
On this issue, CM Fadnavis also directed the officials to take over the redevelopment work of such buildings via MHADA. Also, the tenants residing in such building should be rehabilitated in temporary homes or paid rent for two years till the new building is ready, the statement said.