Twenty MHADA lottery winners may lose out on homes in Palava City
Twenty winners of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development (MHADA) Authority lottery may lose their chance to get homes in Palava City only because the state housing body didn’t send their names to the developer on time. Palava City is a township coming up near Dombivali and is being developed by the Lodha Group.
Under the state government’s integrated township policy – started in 2006 to incentivise investment by the private sector in development of housing – the developers get land from the state but have to reserve 20 per cent of the houses for people earning less than Rs 40,000 per month.
As part of the 4,500-acre Palava project, the Lodha Group consented in April 2018 to reserving flats under the social housing category. In August 2018, MHADA conducted a lottery for 986 flats for a certain ready section of the flats, with winners depositing 10 per cent of a flat’s cost as administrative fee. Each winner deposited around Rs 1 lakh as a house under social housing in Palava costs Rs 10.5 lakh.
As per rules, the Lodha Group should have received the list of winners within six months of its consent, which is by October 2018. While it received the first list of 441 winners on time, a list of 100 winners was sent by December 2018. However, the final list of 20 lottery winners reached the Lodha Group only in May 2019, and it was rejected owing to delay. The other 425 winners lost out on housing for not finishing the documentation or formalities.
Demanding their houses, the remaining 20 winners said it’s not their fault that the list didn’t reach the developer. They said their deposit money has been with MHADA since August 2018. One of the winners, Abhishek Kamble said, “The developer is taking advantage of the sixmonth clause included in the agreement with MHADA. Citing this clause, the Lodha Group says it’s no longer bound to give us the flats.”
A spokesperson for Palava Dwellers Pvt. Ltd. said the group informed MHADA about its willingness to handover the flats on April 21, 2018. He said, “However, we received the first list on October 22, a day after the deadline of six months had lapsed. We still honoured our commitment. The second list came in December and we still accepted it. However, the final list came in May last year. We have refused it as we can’t wait endlessly.” He said the Lodha Group has a fresh stock of 1,000 flats for social housing in Palava and that MHADA can accommodate these 20 winners in the new lottery.