To overcome the shortage of tenements for housing those displaced by various infrastructure projects in the city, the MCGM has decided to tighten the noose around developers. Fresh guidelines have been formulated by the civic estate department to curb misuse of Project-Affected People tenements by developers. The guidelines had to be formed after it was found that despite a shortage of over 60,000 PAP tenements, many such tenements in the city were being sold and rented illegally by developers to people not eligible for residing in them. Also, an acute shortage of PAP tenements in the city has delayed many infrastructure and civic projects. It has also forced the BMC to purchase PAP tenements from other agencies like MMRDA. The MCGM and the slum redevelopment authority has allotted land reserved for public housing, municipal housing and housing for the dishoused to several developers, demanding that certain portion of this land be used for generating PAP tenements, which have to be handed over free-of-cost to the civic body. However, in many cases, the PAP tenements generated have been sold out or rented by the developer. Now, as per the new guidelines, it will be mandatory for developers to hand over the PAP tenements immediately after completion of the project. The developer will also be required to ink a registered agreement with the MCGM for each PAP tenement being handed over. Such agreements were not insisted upon previously. The civic body will then maintain the PAP tenements that will be handed over to the beneficiaries. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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