Mumbai

Opposition calls CM’s push for self-redevelopment a failed idea

Says scheme would only result in wasting public money

The Opposition parties on Monday claimed that the housing self-redevelopment scheme was flawed and would only result in wasting public money.

On Monday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the government would implement the decisions it took over the last three years in auto-pilot mode over the next one year.

Mr. Fadnavis extended the government’s support to Mumbai District Central Co-operative Bank’s housing self-redevelopment scheme, which claims to do away with interference from the developer. Bharatiya Janata Party MLC Pravin Darekar is the chairman of the bank.

Mr. Fadnavis said, “This is an innovative and pro-people initiative chosen by the bank for the welfare of citizens. I have instructed Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority officials to understand the scheme and set up a one-window system to extend required permissions for it.”

The initiative aims to share the profit earned from the project among members of the housing society. The money would be used to lower the burden of maintenance cost of the members.

The Chief Minister also said that workshops on the project should be conducted for office-bearers of various housing cooperative societies. Mr. Fadnavis said it would consider giving more than the bank’s demand of ₹10,000 crore to implement the scheme, if it proves to be successful and beneficial for people.

NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said, “The bank has money of all cooperative societies. Allowing the bank to use all of it for the scheme that has not yet proved itself will be a waste of money.”

Mr. Malik said the government’s decision to implement projects on auto-pilot mode would lead to corruption. He said. “It will be extremely difficult to unite all stakeholders and complete the project. Similar incentives have been given by the Slum Rehabilitation Authority since 1996, but not a single example of self-redevelopment can be found.”

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