Even as he wants the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority to bid like private developers for public-private partnership projects, Minister of State for Housing Sachin Ahir seeks to establish a powerful housing regulator that would cover the high income group housing in addition to projects meant for the lower and middle income groups. Pointing to the shortage of land in Mumbai that is hindering the availability of affordable housing for the middle class in the metropolis, NCP member and Worli MLA Sachin Ahir said it was necessary for the MHADA to take the lead in projects like the redevelopment of BDD chawls and ensure maximum housing stock for the middle class. Ahir said the government would give priority to the proposed housing regulatory authority. The Maharashtra Housing Regulatory Commission Bill has been pending for over a year. The authority, which has been planned on the lines of TRAI or SEBI, will help rationalise the prices of houses for the middle and lower income groups and fix the percentage of such affordable flats that private developers have to build in their residential projects.
February 6, 2008
August 31, 2007