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MHADA Mumbai Lottery Prices Hit Roof; Costliest Property at ₹7.58 Cr in Tardeo



Mumbai: The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority, a body set up to provide affordable homes to the public, is not so affordable anymore. The price of units in Mumbai, announced on Monday, is as high as those offered by private developers, at more than ₹7.5 crore.

“The prices are insanely high and not at all in the affordable range that I was anticipating and for which MHADA is known. After checking the rates, I am not sure how I will be able to pay for it even if I do win the lottery,” said M H Kamal, a Dombivli resident, who wants to relocate to a suburb closer to his workplace in Mumbai. 

Another reason for homebuyers getting upset over the high-priced ‘affordable’ homes is the sub standard construction quality, as compared to what is offered by other developers in the market.

On Monday, MHADA’s Mumbai Board announced the sale of 4,083 homes at various locations within Greater Mumbai limits.

For example, at D N Nagar, Andheri west, a 553 sq ft-flat for the Low-Income Group (LIG) has been priced at over Rs 1.61 crore. Applicants with annual incomes in the range of Rs 6 to 9 lakh qualify for this. An applicant with a gross monthly income of ₹85,000 would be eligible for a home loan of Rs 44 lakh, at an interest rate of 8.6 per cent per annum.

This means, the individual will need to have a minimum of Rs 1.17 crore for down payment, apart from having to shell out money for stamp duty, registration, advance maintenance, and other costs – an additional amount of Rs 12 lakh.

Details on the house pricings

For the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) – with a taxable family income of up to Rs 6 lakh per annum – a flat at Antop Hill in Wadala is being sold for Rs 40 lakh. If the applicant has a net annual income of Rs 6 lakh, the person will only be eligible for a housing loan of Rs 28.50 lakh, only if the person does not have any other loans to repay, such as two-wheeler loan, insurance premiums, credit card EMIs, etc.

For Middle-Income Group (MIG) applicants, there is a 911 sq ft-apartment in the JVPD Scheme, priced at Rs 4.72 crore.

Coming to the most expensive offering, in the High-Income Group (HIG) bracket is a 1,532 sq ft-apartment at Crescent Towers in Tardeo, priced at almost ₹7.58 crore. 

 When the subject of the pricey homes was broached with Chief Officer of the Mumbai Board Milind Borikar, he remained silent and would also not comment on whether there would be any reconsideration of the prices to elicit a better response from the public.

 Applications flock in for MHADA homes

As of 6pm on Tuesday, the Mumbai Board received 4,236 applications, but earnest money deposit was made only for 1,700 applications. Only on payment of the deposit amounts can an application qualify for the lottery draw.

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‘I Will Work Diligently’: Supriya Sule On Taking Charge As Working President Of NCP




Nationalist Congress Party’s new working president Supriya Sule vowed to work hard with the rest of the party members after she was appointed to the top post by her father Sharad Pawar on Saturday. Pawar named Sule and Praful Patel as the working presidents of the NCP, thus, sidelining Ajit Pawar.

Pawar made the announcement at a function to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Nationalist Congress Party here.

Sule will be in charge of NCP affairs in Maharashtra, Haryana, Punjab, and issues related to women, youth, students and the Lok Sabha.

By making Sule in-charge of Maharashtra, Pawar had effectively made nephew Ajit Pawar report to her on party matters, a move that could lead to unease in the party.

“I am grateful to NCP President Hon. Pawar Saheb and all the Senior Leaders, party colleagues, party workers and well wishers of for bestowing this huge responsibility of Working President along with Hon. @praful_patel Bhai.

“To my fellow members of the party, because of whom we have come this far,I will work diligently along with all of you to further strengthen the NCP and we collectively will serve the nation for the larger good of our fellow citizens,” Supriya Sule tweeted.

Ajit Pawar, who had joined hands with the BJP in 2019 and was sworn-in as Deputy Chief Minister in an early morning swearing in ceremony with Devendra Fadnavis as Chief Minister, appeared visibly upset with the announcement and left the party office here without interacting with the media.

An elated Patel said he was surprised by Pawar’s announcement and would continue to work for the party.

“I have been working alongside Pawar saheb since 1999. So, this is nothing new for me. Of course, I am happy at being elevated as Working President. I will continue to work to increase the footprint of the party,” Patel said.

Pawar also made Patel party in-charge of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Goa, and Rajya Sabha.

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Nashik: Madhavi Salve Creates History as First Female MSRTC Bus Driver




Madhavi Salve has made history by becoming the first woman to drive a bus for the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) on the Nashik to Sinnar route.

This momentous occasion took place when six women were inducted as bus drivers-cum-conductors into the MSRTC on June 6-7, marking a significant milestone in the state’s public transport history.

Madhavi’s Journey

Madhavi Salve, a 34-year-old mother of two, originally from Mahiravani village in Trimbakeshwar taluka had been driving a light commercial vehicle since 2016. She expressed her gratitude towards the warm welcome she received from her male colleagues at the MSRTC depot in Sinnar.

Salve’s journey to becoming a bus driver has been fueled by her passion for driving buses and her determination to break gender barriers. Despite facing skepticism from some friends and relatives, she pursued her dream with the support of her family.

MSRTC’s Recruitment

As many as 206 women drivers had qualified in a direct recruitment scheme in 2019, and so far 28 of them have been recruited. Since their recruitment process began in 2019, these women have undergone rigorous training and tests on MSRTC buses.

The MSRTC, which has a fleet of more than 16,000 buses, already has more than 5,500 women conductors in its ranks. A total of 12 women drivers have been recruited. Among them, four are serving at Sinnar depot, three at Pimpalgaon depot, two at Peth depot, and one each at Lasalgaon, Peth, and Kalwan depots in Nashik district.

This progressive step by the MSRTC signifies their commitment to gender equality and opening up new opportunities for women in the transportation sector.

They officially joined the service in June and are now proudly serving passengers with the slogan “Pravashyanchya Sevesathi” (for service to passengers).

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Bengal Panchayat Polls: Tension Mounts In Murshidabad Over Murder Of Congress Worker




Tension mounted in pockets of Murshidabad district in West Bengal on Saturday following the murder of a local Congress leader. State Congress president and Lok Sabha member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has alleged that Fulchand Seikh (42) was shot at from point-blank range in Khargram on Friday killing him on the spot.

“Friday was the first day for filing of nominations for the forthcoming state panchayat polls which started with the death of a Congress worker. I will be going to the spot today and interacting with the members of the victim’s family,” he said. He also alleged that Seikh was sitting in front of his residence along with his son when a group of miscreants led by local Trinamool Congress leader Rafiq attacked and killed him by shooting from point-blank range. “Three others who tried to save him were also assaulted by the ruling party activists,” Chowdhury claimed.

TMC denies any and all involvement

Although the district Trinamool leadership has denied their involvement with the incident, tension continued to prevail in the district. The State Election Commission has sought a detailed report from the Murshidabad district administration on the matter. This morning, the district police arrested two persons in connection with the gruesome murder. Those arrested are Kajal Sheikh and Safique Seikh. Congress leadership has alleged that both were actively associated with the state’s ruling party.

Meanwhile, the Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Suvendu Adhikari has launched a scathing attack against the state administration over the gruesome murder.

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