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Maha govt proposes bill to protect tenants of old buildings

Devendra Fadnavis

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government is planning to come up with a new bill to protect rights of tenants in old dilapidated and cessed buildings in Mumbai.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today informed the Legislative Assembly that a bill will be introduced in the ongoing Monsoon session and if it is not passed, the state government will promulgate an ordinance.

Fadnavis said his government will come up with a new bill to protect rights of tenants so that they would be able to get house of their own expeditiously.

The Chief Minister was replying to a discussion regarding old and dilapidated buildings in Mumbai raised through a calling attention notice by Atul Bhatkalkar (BJP).

“The bill (amending the existing BMC Act) in this effect would be introduced in the monsoon session itself. If the bill couldn’t be introduced, an ordinance in this effect would be promulgated immediately,” he added.

Cessed buildings are those structures whose occupants pay a repair cess (tax) to Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA).

“Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has issued evacuation notices to tenants in thousands of cessed buildings, which are dilapidated, under section 354 of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation act,” Bhatkhalkar said initiating the debate.

“Tenants are not ready to vacate as they are not sure of getting their homes back after redevelopment of the buildings. This is one of the prime causes of loss of lives in incidences of building collapse. The government needs to address the issue,” he said.

Most of the BJP MLAs from the city participated in the debate since congress legislators had boycotted the proceedings on account of issues related to farmers.

Another BJP legislator Ashish Shelar said that 2,117 buildings in Mumbai are declared ‘dangerous’.

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