In Maharashtra, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) sealed the clubhouse and cafeteria building of Lodha Paradise for defaulting on payment of property tax exceeding Rs10 lakh.
A notice to seal the premises was issued in the name of the builder Mangal Prabhat Lodha who has not handed over the premises to the federation of the 14-odd cooperative housing societies in the complex.
A cute land shortage in Mumbai has taken prices to astronomical heights. At the end of March, a 25-acre sprawling property belonging to Tata Steel in suburban Mumbai attracted a bid of Rs1,155 crore. Mumbai has area available for construction which is just about 200sq km, which accommodates 12 million people making for a claustrophobic situation. The city requires 2.1 million houses with an annual demand for 200,000 homes. Since the government has abdicated its responsibility, private developers who control Mumbai’s real estate development, make sure that supply is restricted to 25,000 houses every year. This ensures that demand and prices for apartments and land remain high and infrastructure development remains tardy.
The Bombay High Court has scrapped the Maharashtra chief minister’s (CM) discretionary housing quota and restrained the state government from making further allotments. The Court observed that allotment of flats under such a quota was ‘illegal’ and state policies giving the CM such discretion to create a quota were ‘bad in law’.
Under these policies, 2% of the flats built by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority and 5% of flats built on private land under the Urban Ceiling Land Act were designated as part of the CM’s quota. The Court, however, allowed the state to frame a ‘fair’ fresh policy. The High Court also said allotments made under the quota prior to its decision would be determined in another criminal PIL filed by activist Ketan Tirodkar.