Over 50 buildings were declared dangerous were relieved after the bill amending the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Act 1976, was approved by the President of India. Under the Act, owners or tenants of residential buildings declared ‘dangerous’ can now submit a proposal for redevelopment.
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In Mumbai city, as many as 56 buildings are paying cess- a kind of levy imposed on buildings older than a certain period. The redevelopment of cessed buildings had been stalled or incomplete. If any building is declared dilapidated by the BMC, the owner of the building is given a chance to submit a redevelopment proposal within six months. If the owner fails to do so, the residents are given another six months’ time to submit a redevelopment proposal, and if the residents also fail to do se MAHDA is then authorized to take possession of the building for redevelopment. It will provide compensation of a certain portion of the value of the built-up area by a ready reckoner rate.
The bill amending the MHADA1976 was passed by the state govt in 2020 and waited for the nod by the President.
MHADA is an apex public body constituted under MHADA ACT 1976, established in 1977 under Housing Department of Government of Maharashtra. It controls and coordinates the activities of its seven Regional Housing Boards, viz Mumbai, Konkan, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Amravati, Aurangabad and two special purpose boards viz. Mumbai Building Repairs and Reconstruction Board , an independent board that looks after the greater Mumbai region and Mumbai Slum Improvement Board, which is responsible for implementing the slum improvement programme of the state government in the Greater Mumbai region.