SRA will take over 500 stalled projects: Jitendra Awhad

Projects will have time limit for completion

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Geetanjali Minhas | August 10, 2021 | Mumbai


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Thousands of slum dwellers are on the streets, not even getting rent for several years as many projects are stuck under the Slum Rehabilitation Scheme. Now the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) will take over and develop more than 500 projects left in limbo by builders and developers, Maharashtra housing minister Jitendra Awhad has said.

Many banks as well as financial institutions have provided funds to the developers after the letter of intent (LOI) is received and banks and financial institutions then approach the SRA to provide aid. Around Rs 50,000 crore have been invested in slum rehabilitation schemes where developers have not done any work beyond the letter of intent. Several partially demolished slums and buildings are stuck  with residents languishing out of their homes.

“The Slum Rehabilitation Authority will now take over these projects which have been stalled for many years and develop them,” Awhad said on Monday, clarifying that receipt of  LOI under the SRA Scheme does not mean that the developers become the owners of the land.

The housing minister said that SRA is planning Shivshahi Rehabilitation Project to take appropriate measures for closed projects  and build  houses of slum dwellers in the rehabilitated building.

“This decision will also apply to MHADA” he added.    

Awhad also said that after taking LOI, a time limit will be fixed for completion of projects. 
 

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