With the Maharashtra government giving ‘in principle’ approval to the launch of an amnesty scheme for boosting the redevelopment of as many as 40,000 old MHADA houses in the city, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Pune president Jagdish Mulik along with former deputy mayor Siddharth Dhende on Thursday met revenue minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and finance department secretary Nitin Kareer for the same.
Mulik said, “We demanded that the old stamp duty be applied for redevelopment of the MHADA homes. The government should apply stamp duty at the ready reckoner rate of the year in which these flats were purchased. Many citizens handed over the flats to others and at that time, stamp duty was not applied. Now, the government is asking to pay stamp duty but citizens are not able to pay it.”
Dhende said, “There are more than 40,000 MHADA units that have become old and dilapidated. But citizens are not able to carry on redevelopment of these structures. Mainly, people from lower income groups are living in these houses. The Maharashtra government offered an FSI of 3 for redevelopment of these houses but various rules are creating hurdles in the path.”
Pune guardian minister Chandrakant Patil has instructed the administration to launch the amnesty scheme for MHADA homes in Pune to help speed-up redevelopment works.