Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) has turned tech-savvy. So must you if you nurse any aspirations of owning an affordable flat in the city.
While the development authority is set to hold a lottery soon for a few thousand dwellings, aspirants must have valid email addresses and online banking services to be able to participate.
According to senior MHADA officials, beginning this year, the authority has decided that not only would the application procedure be carried out over the internet, winners would be informed about their fate via email and SMS. Apart from this, the lucky few would have to make payments for their flats to MHADA online.
According to deputy chief officer for MHADA’s lottery department Vilas Deshmukh, the authority has already floated tenders for technical support and is getting positive responses from top corporates.
“This time we are planning to organise everything online. Immediately after the lottery, we will send SMSes and emails to successful candidates. Even the payment mode will be online,” he told MiD DAY.
Also, documents that winning candidates have to produce to prove their eligibility –whether or not they are residents of Maharashtra, which category out of LIG, MIG, EWS and HIG they belong — will have to be emailed to MHADA.
“This way the documentation procedure would become simpler and people won’t have to come to the lottery centre either,” said an officer.
A few days ago MHADA had announced that possession of a UID card would be mandatory to apply for the housing authority’s residences.
However, officials say knowing that not many have the card at present, people who have applied for it and have a receipt to prove this will also be allowed to participate in the draw.