Lalbaug Western India Mill Land for educational housing projects, says MHADA

The West India factory at Lalbaug, offered to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) for a housing project for factory workers, has pre-booked for educational purposes. As a result, the reservation change file was recently sent to the urban planning department, said an MHADA official, who did not wish to be named.

According to the MHADA, nearly 800 houses can be built on this given plot of land once the reservation is changed. The MHADA also owns other plots of land in Mumbai, which together with land in the Lalbaug area can generate a housing stock of almost 25,800 for factory workers and their descendants awaiting their rightful homes. for several years. There are about 1.75 lakh factory workers while only 18,000 houses have been allocated so far.

The Lalbaug plot of land was donated by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on the instructions of the Urban Development Department. However, MHADA said that it cannot build houses in large numbers due to the small size of the donated land, which was 1/3 of the land plot. Therefore, he proposed that BMC provide a larger plot of land in exchange for the small plot of land of six factories it already owns. These six small plots were at Mafatlal Mills, Matulya Mills and Victoria Mills in Lower Parel, Hindustan Mills in Byculla, Crown Mills in Prabhadevi and Maharashtra State Textile Corporation in Lalbaug.

“Once said reservation proposal is approved by the state, a tender will be launched to carry out the proposed housing project for the factory workers,” the official said.

Pravin Ghag of Girini Kamgar Sangharsh Samiti, said: “The Western India Mill land offered in exchange for land that MHADA had in their possession was based on our long-standing request, since MHADA was unable to realize a housing project there. Ghag added that they had also looked at plots of land in Thane, but the government said applications for proposed land in Thane for the factory workers’ housing project will take time to materialize.

The FPJ had previously reported that the state government planned to donate 75,000 Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojan (PMAY) houses to factory workers who are mainly located in the Mumbai metropolitan area. For the proposed recommendation to succeed, it also analyzes how these factory workers can be matched to the PMAY criteria established by the Union government. For PMAY houses, the beneficiary must not own any house in the country in ownership. The factory workers union representative urged the government to donate these offered PMAY houses at the current cost of Rs 6 lakh which is usually taken for houses outside Mumbai.

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2022, 11:32 p.m. IST