Why has work not begun? Notice to developers

Building Repairs and Reconstruction Board threatens to cancel NoCs

The repair and reconstruction wing of the state housing board has sent notices to 85 developers threatening to cancel the 'No Objection Certificates' (NoCs) granted to them for redevelopment of old buildings in the city. The reason cited was not starting the work even though almost a decade has passed after the NoC was granted.

The Mumbai Building Repairs and Reconstruction Board, a unit of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) and looks after cessed buildings in the island city, recently scrutinized all NoCs it had granted before 2004 for redevelopment of these cessed buildings.

The board identified 85 cases where developers are yet to start work for more than eight years after being granted NOCs and served notices to them last month.

The board had given about 1,100-1,200 such NoCs to builders for reconstruction of cessed buildings since 1991.

"These are developers who have not done absolutely anything, not even laid a brick. We have asked them to justify why they have failed to start work and if we don't find their explanations satisfactory we will revoke the NoCs. A major chunk of these NoCs were given after 2000," said M K Thombare, chief officer of the Mumbai Building Repair and Reconstruction Board.

Ideally, developers are given three years to secure all necessary permission and resettle tenants before starting work after MHADA gives them NoC, he said.

"We have given the developers time until January to respond to the notices after which we will conduct hearings with them in the first and the second week and take a decision on whether to cancel their NoCs by January end," Thombare added.

A senior MHADA official, who did not wish to be named, said the reason MHADA is not looking at developers who were granted NoCs before 2004 is that there were many issues between 2004 and 2008 due to which several projects could not take off.

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