Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, on May 11, 2018, announced that the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) would be the planning authority, for all future government housing schemes in Mumbai and its surrounding metropolitan region. Fadnavis, who chaired a meeting to review the progress of various schemes for affordable housing, also directed that the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) be given a dedicated police team.
Fadnavis ordered the constitution of a committee, comprising the urban and revenue secretaries to review pending proposals, as well as to check quality control. Officials said that the creation of new housing stock, new provisions in the SRA, Development Control Regulations, MHADA redevelopment, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and housing on public-private partnership mode, were discussed at the meeting.
Officials said that the rehabilitation of 29,225 tenements would be completed by March 2019, under the SRA. Fadnavis directed that environment clearances be brought under the Right to Services Act. Housing minister Prakash Mehta, minister of state Ravindra Waikar and officials from the housing department, SRA and MHADA were present at the meeting, a release from the chief minister’s office said.