The onset of the New Year may have been a gloomy one, but there are reasons to be optimistic for the future. Here’s one: in February, Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) will advertise the forthcoming lottery for 3,600 houses. The draw will be held by May this year.
Chief PRO for MHADA Vaishali Sandansingh corroborated the news, adding that most of the dwellings are in the western suburbs, while nearly 1,000 of them are in Mumbai. “The Konkan board of MHADA will have nearly 2,500 homes and they are situated in Virar, whereas out of the 1,000 in Mumbai, 600 houses are in Powai and the remaining 400 are located in various parts of the city,” she said.
1,800 homes in Virar are for the low-income group and the rest for the middle-income group. MHADA officials do not have details on the break-up of the homes in Mumbai. MHADA classifies homes into four categories — low-income group, economically weaker section, middle-income group and the last is high-income group.
A person who earns less than Rs 8,000 a month falls in the EWS category, anyone with income less than Rs 20,000 per month belongs to LIG, those earning not more than Rs 40,000 are part of MIG, while the rest belong to HIG.
MHADA homes are the most sought after, because they are nearly 50 per cent cheaper than flats available in the open market.
Their popularity is palpable from the fact that 1.5 lakh people had applied for a draw involving 2,593 homes last year.
While MHADA appears set to organise the lottery by May, sources say some officials wanted the process to be delayed.
A senior officer from MHADA said, “Many candidates who had won homes two years ago are yet to get possession, as some of the flats are under construction. MHADA puts residences that are not ready into lotteries and then people have to wait for years and they come and complain to us. It’s better that we hold the lottery only when the homes have been fully constructed.”
As has been the usual practice, the lottery will be held at Rang Sharda in Bandra (West) and forms would be available on the MHADA website.