About 182 persons who had won the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority’s (MHADA) housing lottery in 2015 will need to pay an extra Rs 2 lakh for MHADA’s laxity.
In 2015, MHADA conducted lottery for 997 homes in Pratiksha Nagar, Mankhurd, and Gavanpada in Mulund and Unnatnagar in Goregaon. 182 of these homes were meant for low income group in Gavanpada. However, since these buildings did not have an occupation certificate (OC) from BMC, the lottery winners were not issued allotment letters.
The MHADA has now secured OC for these building but the housing authority proposes to increase flat prices.
In order to increase the number of homes being sold under the lottery system, MHADA regularly includes even those flats in the sale list for which it has yet to obtain OC, knowing quite well that this is against MHADA’s rules.
Now, the affordable housing development authority wants to recover Rs 2 lakh from each winner of the lottery towards maintenance of these buildings.
When contacted, MHADA’s Mumbai Board’s chief officer Subash Lakhe said, “I will have to check the file before I comment.”
Shirish Deshpande, chairman of consumer rights organisation Mumbai Grahak Panchyat, said, “First of all, we will have to check whether MHADA had registered this property with real estate regulator MahaRERA as it is mandatory to register all properties which do not have OC before July 31, 2017 to register with MahaRERA. If not, this is an offence.”
Secondly, if it is registered with MAHARERA then they can’t escalate the price as it is forbidden under MahaRERA rules, he added.