For strengthening MHADA further, the Maharashtra State Government is planning to bring in an ordinance. This will allow the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development to acquire the dilapidated and dangerous buildings forcibly to develop the same structures under the cluster scheme in the next two years.
The assembly session is over but the ordinance is being planned to be brought within a week to amend the Mhada Act. The amendment will also protect crucial cases from judicial intervention and will also draft rules to redevelop single dangerous buildings apart from making MHADA more powerful.
A top official said that the Chief Minister has taken notice of the recent building collapse in Dongri, South Mumbai and then went into discussions with the officials of the housing department and MHADA. After which the decision to amend the MHADA Act is taken to redevelop the dilapidated buildings. The introduction of the ordinance is planned as the possibility of an assembly session is too low as the state will go in assembly elections soon.
The official also said that under the Disaster Management Act, we have the provision that stops the court from passing judgement in the case where the Government already takes the decision to remove a structure or establishment. The Government is looking keen to make similar provision in the MHADA Act too.
The redevelopment work of several buildings is stalled because of the non-availability of consent from 51% of the tenants and the Government proposes to remove this provision from the Act. But, now the cluster redevelopment policy will be followed and separate rules will be drafted for individual dangerous buildings, the official said.
The occupants of the dilapidated buildings will be shifted to alternate accommodations by the Government. In case of non-availability of flats, the occupants will be paid for two years rental amount.