Maharashtra panel to deal with developers’ issues

February 11, 2020

MUMBAI: Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Monday that the state government will form a coordination committee to deal with issues raised to developers.

Thackeray said the committee will act as a “quick response window” and will include the housing minister, urban development minister, transport minister, chief secretary of the state, secretaries of the revenue and urban development departments, SRA and Mhada officials. Mumbai and Thane municipal commissioners’ offices will be part of it too.

Thackeray told a delegation of Credai and Naredco that the government will help the industry in all ways, but the industry too should regulate itself and try and bring real estate prices down for the common man to be able to buy flats. Thackeray said the government was bringing readyreckoner rates down, as in some areas, the rates were higher than land rates. There was also a need to calculate ready-reckoner rates on the basis of carpet area and not built-up area, he said.

A discussion on pending slum rehabilitation projects was also held and Thackeray said the government had asked SRA for a list of all pending projects and reasons for their delay, and the government will try to look for solutions for each one of them.

Housing minister Jitendra Awhad said the government was looking at ways in which they can help the sluggish real estate market pick up. They were also in talks with banks through which the real estate industry can be helped, he said.

Awhad said that to ensure that the common man gets his own house, the government had kept a reservation of 10% of housing stock in Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) projects for police and Class IV employees each. “We will make 10% reservations in Mhada housing projects for police constables and 10% for Class IV government employees,” said Awhad.

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