NMC, MHADA told to inspect large housing projects in Nashik

March 30, 2022

NMC, MHADA told to inspect large housing projects in NashikNASHIK: The Maharashtra legislative council chairman Ramraje Nimbalkar on Tuesday directed the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Maharashtra Housing & Area Development Authority (MHADA) to conduct a joint physical inspection at the large residential project sites which have come up on plots measuring 4,000 sq metres or more since 2014 to ensure the transfer of 20% flats for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) to MHADA.

The directive of the legislative council chairman came during a meeting held on Tuesday in Mumbai following alleged financial irregularities in low-cost housing projects in Nashik.

The state legislative council chairman Ramraje Nimbalkar, state housing minister Jitendra Awhad, NMC commissioner Ramesh Pawar and other MHADA officials were present at the meeting.

NMC commissioner Ramesh Pawar told TOI the physical site inspection of the residential projects as per records of NMC and MHADA will be conducted to ensure that the builders have allotted 20% flats under reservation for the EWS. “If builders are found to have violated the norms, legal action will be taken against such erring builders,” said Pawar.

Pawar said that most of the large residential projects are under construction. As per the NMC’s record, the occupancy certificates have been given to 10 projects only, in which 319 flats were to be transferred for low-income groups to MHADA. Pawar said he will immediately start site inspection of the residential projects jointly with MHADA officials and the report will be submitted to the state government once the physical inspectionis over.

In November 2013, the state government had made 20% reservation mandatory for the low-income group in the housing projects coming up on an area of above 4,000 sq metres in the cities having a population of over 10 lakh. The issue was raised in the council on March 21 by opposition leader Pravin Darekar.

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