Guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule has asked all local bodies in the district — Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), municipal councils and Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) — to hand over government land to Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) for building affordable houses.
Henceforth, only Mhada will build affordable houses. The local bodies were told to hand over to Mhada only those lands that do not have any reservation and whose title is clear. The affordable housing target for the district this year is 50,000 tenements.
The minister had convened a meeting of chief executive officers (CEOs) of district’s municipal councils for this purpose on Wednesday. He took a review of the progress of affordable housing schemes under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). Top housing officials and CEO of Mhada were present in the meeting.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) was asked to set up a cell for affordable housing. Some 72,000 applications have been received by NMC for affordable housing so far. The corporation officials were asked to certify these applications.
NMRDA was directed to hand over 38 acre land in metro region to Mhada. It was also asked to hand over 4.39 acre land within municipal limits. Bawankule further said that Indira Awas Yojana and Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) land could also be handed over to Mhada.
An official in Bawankule’s office, however, said that NMRDA will be allowed to complete its ongoing affordable housing projects. The agency is constructing houses in Wathoda and Tarodi.
District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) has submitted a list of 759 villages to NMRDA. The metropolitan agency should find out how many people have their own houses and the number of houses on government land. Those living in houses with tin and tile roofs will be provided affordable houses by Mhada. NMRDA will have to certify such people and homeless people.
All the CEOs were asked to find out government land available in their jurisdiction and make it available to Mhada. They were also asked to certify people living in tile and tin roof houses and homeless people.
The application for obtaining an affordable house will be submitted to municipal councils. The CEOs were asked to process these applications fast.