Maharashtra's new housing policy by November 2023: Housing minister
Publish on : 2023-08-26 14:10:47
“We have had three meetings regarding the policy and the department is working on various aspects, whether it is affordable housing or redevelopment," said Atul Save.
PUNE: State housing minister Atul Save told TOI on Friday that the new housing policy, which is likely to be ready by November, will stress on affordable and sustainable accommodation.
He said that his department is seeking suggestions from various stakeholders to make the policy people friendly.
“We have had three meetings regarding the policy and the department is working on various aspects, whether it is affordable housing or redevelopment. We are also seeking views from all stakeholders, including architects, structural engineers and others in the housing sector. The work is on and it should take two months from now to come up with the policy,” he said. The last housing policy was drafted in 2015.
The minister said that his aim is to simplify the process for various clearances as demanded by homebuyers.
The earlier housing policy, too, stressed on streamlining various approval procedures. The other issues discussed with regards to the new housing policy include development of special townships, reforms to the Rent Control Act, removal of bottlenecks in slum redevelopment and fine tuning the redevelopment policy. These will again be evaluated in the current policy and their progress report checked, said a senior official of the state housing department who is part of new housing policy committee.
Ramesh Prabhu, chairman, Maharashtra Society Welfare Association, told TOI that the last housing policy was published by the state government in 2015.
“Many developments have taken place thereafter, especially Development Control and Promotion Regulation 2034 (DCPR) as applicable to Greater Mumbai and Unified DCPR as applicable to the entire state other than Mumbai. The policy has to include the development in these areas under this rule,” he said.
An official in the housing department said the new policy would be an improved version of Centre’s Housing for All scheme.