5 years down the line, Mhada yet to hand over flats
Around 5-7 years ago, 314 people purchased flats from Nagpur board of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) by paying a whopping Rs 118.33 crore but are yet to get possession of the flats. Left with no option, around 50 people have started to reside in the flats after completing remaining works at their own expense.
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) audit report submitted in the state legislature on the concluding day of budget session on July 2 rapped Mhada for not giving possession of flats despite recovering payments 5-7 years ago.
As per the CAG report, Mhada started construction of High Income Group (HIG) Housing Project with 320 flats at Empress Mill land on Subhash Road, Ganeshpeth, in December 2010 at a cost of Rs 56.08 crore. “Tenements were not handed over to the beneficiaries since Occupancy Certificate (OC) was not obtained from Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). The board applied for OC in March 2014 but was not given it for lack of environment clearance (EC). The board obtained EC in April 2017. EC made construction of sewage treatment plant (STP) mandatory, which the board is yet to take up,” CAG said.
In reply to CAG, Mhada said the EC was not initially applicable to the project. “EC became mandatory following a notification of April 2011. And, condition of STP came up in April 2017,” Mhada said.