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Homeowners of stalled redevelopment projects in Mumbai get relief as President signs bill to amend MHADA Act

if the residents or owner fail to submit any proposal for its redevelopment, the MHADA has now been empowered to take the project in its hands for the same, said the state's Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis

Representative image.

Representative image.

Around 56 buildings in Mumbai that were declared dangerous and had their redevelopment stuck have got relief with the President of India signing the bill amending the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development (MHADA) Act 1976 paving way for their redevelopment, said Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on December 2.

The President signed the amendments in the MHADA Act 1976, giving preference to the owner or the tenants of a residential building to submit a proposal for redevelopment once it is categorised by the civic body as dangerous for living.

Fadnavis said if the residents or owner fail to submit any proposal for its redevelopment, the MHADA has now been empowered to take the project in its hands for the same.

According to the amendment, MHADA will be able to acquire disputed redevelopment projects of cess buildings. Until now, the landlord was the owner of the land where the building stands and MHADA was only the approving authority for repair and redevelopment. However, now MHADA will be able to take over projects where there are disputes. In Mumbai, thousands of homeowners are residing in transit camps of MHADA owing to stalled redevelopment.