In a discussion at the assembly, he said the plan suggested by housing minister Vikhe-Patil will help avoid many problems later.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Friday that builders will have to deposit rent for three years in advance for slum rehabilitation projects to avoid problems later.
In response to a discussion on Mumbai in the state legislative assembly, Fadnavis said that when project costs are nearly Rs 50 crore, there is no harm in taking a small part of that amount as advance in an escrow account for paying rent. The CM said this proposal was suggested by the newly appointed housing minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and that he found it apt.
The CM also asked Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority and Slum Rehabilitation Authority to immediately implement the software developed by BMC for various permissions as it gives more transparency.
There was a demand by legislators to increase the area of the Mumbai metropolitan region as they wanted tribal areas to be covered by MMRDA. The CM said that MMRDA was formed in 1975 and the area then was 3965 sq km; at present it is 4355 sq km. He said that Pen and Alibag were also included in the MMRDA limits. The CM said that tribal areas were deliberately left out and if there is a great demand, he could consult the tribal advisory committee and then take a decision.
He said that the state would be the first in the country to have a hybrid metro system in Nashik and the same could be implemented in Kalyan-Dombivali areas to cater to burgeoning traffic.
Fadnavis also said that a new bridge is coming up between Bhayander and Vasai over the Vasai creek and this could make the commute between Vasai-Virar and Mira-Bhayander much faster.
Vile Parle MLA Parag Alavani demanded a solution to the height restrictions in developing old buildings in the funnel zone of the Mumbai airport. The CM said he would discuss the matter with the Union civil aviation minister on Saturday to find a solution.
The CM said that self-redevelopment projects would be encouraged by MHADA and five projects have already been approved.
Fadnavis also said that the state housing department will be amending the MHADA Act to give it power to acquire cess buildings that are dilapidated and the owners are not capable of developing the structures.