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SRA eases approvals timeline to expedite slum housing in Mumbai

Thursday, 09 Jul 2020
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The Maharashtra State Housing Ministry has announced a series of relaxations in its slum redevelopment policy to ensure faster availability of housing for slumdwellers in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

Various premiums related to slum redevelopment projects have been relaxed by way of reductions and deferred payments.

Along with the premium relaxations, the approvals timeline has been drastically reduced at all stages by the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA), which is the nodal agency under the Housing Ministry to implement the slum redevelopment scheme.

The revised timeline of the approvals structure at various stages including LOI will result in more than 50 percent reduction in timeline compared to the previous timeline practiced by SRA.

Along with the relaxation in premiums and timeline, all SRA projects will be empowered with health centres; authorised committee to relocate religious structures within the project; online approval (auto DCPR) mechanism like MCGM and committed continuity in construction of rehabilitation buildings which can only be stopped by specific high court orders.

The series of measures undertaken by SRA has also capped the rental amount structure, during the rehabilitation phase, to Rs 1.2 lakh and Rs 96,000 per annum in the city and suburbs zones respectively.

As per the prevailing policy, applications for IOA were accepted after issuance of LOI but now it will be approved simultaneously and CC issued within seven days of the application. And the approval of the file will be scrutinised at three levels only compared to six levels previously.

Earlier, the maintenance deposit of Rs 40,000 per tenant was payable to the extent of 50 per cent at CC stage and balance at rehab OC stage. This has been relaxed to be payable at OC stage of the rehab building.

The ongoing construction of rehab buildings in SRA projects will not be issued stop work order except in cases of specific orders from the High Court. Earlier, Annexure 3 was required before LOI which is now needed before CC. Whereas project proposals will be accepted in 15 days after relevant NOCs excluding the NOC from the finance department.

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