75 per cent of 12 lottery winners eligible: MHADA

Nine months after allotting houses in its 2012 annual lottery, the Mumbai board of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) has completed the process of scrutinising documents of successful applicants and has declared more than 75 per cent as eligible.

MHADA has declared nearly 15 per cent of the lottery winners as ineligible for getting a house from the housing board at a subsidised rate owing to irregularities in the documents submitted.

"Around seven persons who had won houses through the annual draw in Kurla have surrendered their flats without citing any specific reason. The applicants declared ineligible will be given 15 days to appeal against the decision to MHADA's appellate authority, followed by a hearing," said Vishal Deshmukh, deputy chief officer, MHADA (Mumbai board). A total of 867 flats were allotted by MHADA's Mumbai board in the 2012 lottery held in May last year. MHADA has declared 637 of the successful applicants as eligible and 130 as ineligible.

Another 69, including those who surrendered their houses due to personal reasons, did not submit their documents.

Around two per cent of the 867 houses have been kept aside as part of the chief minister's discretionary quota, a concept that is on hold and under reconsideration and another one per cent for the physically-handicapped bringing down the number of flats in the open lottery to 836.

The houses allotted in the 2012 lottery were spread across MHADA's colonies in Kurla, Powai, Kandivali, Charkop, Malvani, Pratiksha Nagar, Gorai Road and Magathane in Borivali.

"The successful applicants declared eligible will be given possession of their houses after we secure an occupational certificate from the civic body," Deshmukh added.

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