Maha govt approves amnesty scheme for stuck projects

01 Jun 2022

The Maharashtra government approved an amnesty scheme to revive the stuck slum redevelopment schemes in Mumbai, under which financial institutions registered with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), National Housing Bank (NHB), and financed stuck schemes will be allowed to take over the stalled projects.

More than 500 slum redevelopment projects are stuck, and the state government has plans to revive these projects to ensure housing to all and the loss-making financial institutions can recover their money.

The developers taking over these stuck projects should construct affordable homes in the sale component. The Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) was implemented by the Maharashtra government about three decades ago to make Mumbai slum-free.

The authority allows private developers to rehabilitate slum dwellers residing in particular areas. In return for the rehab component, the developer is granted an additional Floor Space Index (FSI) as an incentive to commercially sell flats, also known as the sale component, and make a profit.

The state government approved the amnesty scheme allowing financial institutions to take up the redevelopment of stuck projects. Other developers were also called to construct affordable homes in the sale component of stuck projects.

The SRA issued a public notice inviting interested financial institutions and developers to come forward and bid to take over the construction work of the stuck projects under the amnesty scheme. The deadline to apply is between 7 June and 21 July.

The demonetisation, Covic-19 pandemic, and the overall slowdown of the economy are some of the reasons for the delay in projects.

Many financial institutions have approved finance for slum rehabilitation schemes. However, the concerned developers have failed to complete the rehab component in the schemes and to pay transit rent to eligible slum dwellers. Considering the interest of slum dwellers at large and financial institutions having the approval of RBI, SEBI, and NHB will be allowed to come forward for the completion of schemes to which they have granted finance. Those financial institutions shall be in the Letter of Intent (LoI) of such a scheme as co-developer or lender.

According to data, there are around 517 stuck slum rehabilitation schemes in the city and should be brought back on track to ensure that slum dwellers get homes.

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