“It is easy to spot a MHADA building, as the construction is usually not very good. I have received several complaints about leakages in the buildings.
Yusuf Abrahani says that he has received many complaints from people about the escalating prices of MHADA homes
After all this, if our rates are as high as a private developer’s, why would anyone buy our homes?” These were a few thoughts expressed by Yusuf Abrahani, the newly-appointed chairman of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) Mumbai board.
Abrahani believes that houses built by MHADA have become unaffordable and has asked board officials to submit a cost break-up. He says that if the rates seem unjustified, he would lower the prices of homes, relying on the clause in MHADA’s advertisements that rates of houses can be altered.
The development authority is coming out with the lottery of 816 houses on May 31. According to the chairman, many people have complained that the rates of houses have become unaffordable. In some cases, the price has crossed R80 lakh.
Abrahani also attacked MHADA’s decision to give all their projects to only one contractor, Shirke Construction. “We need to check the reasons why no other builder or contractor gets MHADA projects,”
Abrahani is not the first person to criticise the exorbitant rates of MHADA homes. Sunil Mantri, the head of National Real Estate Development Council, recently took a jibe at the rising cost of the dwellings, saying, “If MHADA homes now cost a crore, how can builders provide affordable homes?”
Number of houses MHADA is putting up for a lottery in May this year