Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan on Monday said in the Legislative Council that
7,000 houses for textile mill workers are ready and 9,000 more
will be constructed on the lands to be acquired from the mill
owners in the next 2-3 months.
"About 7,000 houses for mill workers are ready on 6.83
hectares of land and another 9,000 houses will be constructed
in the next 2-3 months on 8.55 hectares of land which would be
acquired from 8 mills," Chavan said in his reply on a
discussion held on providing houses for mill workers.
The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority
(MHADA) has received 1.10 lakh applications for the proposed
16,000 dwellings, he said, adding the state government was
mulling over refining the criteria for distribution of the
Discussions would be held with the group leaders from
the Opposition parties to evolve a consensus on defining the
eligibility criteria, the chief minister said.
Current eligibility criteria for mill workers to apply
for houses are: salary below Rs 12,000 per month, no house in
the name of the applicant, a domicile of Maharashtra among
Thousands of mill workers led by Shiv Sena had on
Thursday taken out a march demanding free houses.