Maharashtra Minister of State for Housing Sachin Ahir on July 31 announced a Rs 100 crore increase in funds allocated for the repair and redevelopment of dilapidated cessed buildings in Mumbai. The fund has been increased from Rs 100 crore to Rs 200 crore now. The Minister said this in the State Legislative Council that there are 14,972 cessed buildings in the city and repairs will be carried out by the Mumbai buildings repairs and reconstruction board of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA).
The issue of a fund crunch being faced by the repair board had been raised by Shiv Sena legislator Ramdas Kadam who had said that Rs.100 crore was inadequate for redevlopment. The Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan stated that the repair board currently gets Rs 50 crore from BMC, Rs 40 crore from the State and Rs 10 crore from MHADA. Ahir also said that the amendments made to clause 33 (9) of the Development Control Rules had not received much of a response.
The amendment allows a higher vertical limit when building clusters in a minimum area of one acre are redeveloped. He said only 10 proposals had been received by the state after the amendment was made.
A recent study by Mumbai Transformation Support Unit revealed that less than eight per cent of the total cessed buildings in the city have been redeveloped since 1999.