For speedy redevelopment of MHADA colonies stamp duty payment schedule to be revised: Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai, 8th April 2022: Stating that there are 56 MHADA colonies in Mumbai and developers who come forward to redevelop these colonies for a faster redevelopment are required to pay the stamp duty at one go, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray today directed officials to see whether it is possible to allow developers to pay this stamp duty in phases before giving final occupancy certificate.

He was addressing a meeting held to discuss various issues of Mumbai city at his official residence Varsha bungalow. Minister for industries Subhash Desai, Minister for urban development Eknath Shinde, minister for housing development Dr Jitendra Avhad, minister for transport Anil Parab, minister for environment and atmospheric changes Aaditya Thackeray along with MP Arvind Savant, MLA Sunil Prabhu, Ajay Choudhary, Prakash Surve, chief secretary Manukumar Srivastava and other senior officials were present for the meeting.

Directing officials from revenue, finance and housing development department to finalize integrated policy, the chief minister said that it was decided to provide basic amenities in MHADA colonies by BMC and this issue needs to be sorted out jointly by BMC officials and MHADA officials.

Chief minister directed to take into confidence residents while going for redevelopment of MHADA colonies and complete layouts of colonies which are pending in next few days.

Chief minister reviewed implementation of a decision taken by the state Government of complete waiver of property tax for houses up to 500 square feet.

Pointing it out that there are seven to eight thousand buildings in Mumbai where residents have been given houses without occupancy certificate, participants in the meeting said that these residents are being charged taxes double that the normal rates. Chief minister directed to take action against such developers.

Stating that redevelopment work for BDD chawls at Worli, Naigaon and N M Joshi Marg has been started, minister for housing development Jitendra Avhad informed that residents are cooperating for this redevelopment work. He informed that redevelopment at Patra Chawl, Motilal Nagar also has commenced and MHADA has started work as developer after the recommendations by the Johny Joseph committee appointed for the redevelopment of Patra Chawl. He informed that after the report by 4-member committee chaired by retired Justice D K Deshmukh constituted to decide on construction responsibility under share of rehabilitation further action would be taken.

The meeting discussed an amnesty scheme so that long pending slum rehabilitation schemes could be completed in time. This amnesty scheme would result in providing a fillip to long pending schemes and help sort out issues of rehabilitation of slum dwellers as well as their rents.