Nearly 4,000 Mumbaikars will uncork the champagne this evening, as results of the much-awaited Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) housing lottery will be announced at 9am at the Rangsharda Auditorium in Bandra on Tuesday. The housing board’s dream -scheme offering subsidised flats in the economically weaker, low-, middle- and high-income category saw 4.33 lakh applicants bid for 3,863 apartments.
But for those who were unlucky this time round, here’s a piece of good news: Mhada will be holding a second lottery of an additional 5,000 apartments by November this year at various places such as Sion, Chunabhatti and Malwani, said the housing authority’s vice president, Gautam Chaterjee. He added that on an average, Mhada constructs around 5,000 to 6,000 flats every year. “We are working towards producing 30,000 to 40,000 flats in a year. That’s our target,” said Chaterjee.
Initially, Mhada acquired land from the government as well as under the urban land ceiling (ULC) Act for their projects. Now that the ULC has been scrapped, it wants to utilise the 2.5%cent FSI scheme to generate more housing. Under this scheme, more FSI will be given to old Mhada colonies for redevelopment, and a certain quantum of flats will be given to the housing society for sale, said officials. Demolition of old transit camps in the city has already begun; they will be replaced by towers.
As Tuesday’s lottery gets under way at 9.00am, the name of each winner will flash on screen for exactly 33 seconds. For the first time, Mhada plans to release the actual flat number that each individual has won, not just the location and the apartment building. The information will be immediately archived on the notice boards set up nearby and will figure on the Mhada website after that lottery session is over.
An open ground outside Rangsharda measuring 36,400 sq ft has been converted into a makeshift viewing area for aspirants who did not manage to acquire entry passes to the auditorium. Only 2,400 passes were available for the lottery,but over a lakh of people are expected to turn up. Security will be heavy, with barricades and metal detectors. “Around 150 policemen and 100 Mhada security personnel have been deployed,” said Mhada director N N Chintamani. The lottery will be held in four lots with the last draw scheduled to end at 7.30pm. For a fraction of the applicants, the anxiety of the past few days will culminate in ecstasy. (Source : Times of India)