Manora MLA Hostel redevelopment: MLAs not willing to vacate

However, so far, only 63 of the 320 flats have been vacated and the others have been demanding an extension till the winter session concludes

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Even though Manora MLA hostel at Nariman Point has been declared a dangerous structure to live in, state legislators from both Houses are not ready to vacate it. They have demanded an extension to until conclusion of the winter session- November 30.

The state legislature is now planning to disconnect water and electricity supply to force the legislators to vacate the flats.

The state government has planned a ₹400-crore redevelopment of the hostel in order to provide flats to legislators. In October, when the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) submitted its report on the structural audit of the structure, the state legislature slapped notices to legislators to vacate the flats by October 31.

However, so far, only 63 of the 320 flats have been vacated and the others have been demanding an extension till the winter session concludes.

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An official from the public works department said that they want to allow the legislators to live in the dangerous towers. He added that they gave the legislators ₹1 lakh a month towards transit accommodation.

Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar, Chairman of the legislative council, said that have served legislators a notice to vacate the flats at the earliest, but the response was lukewarm. He added that the decision about extension will be taken after due discussion. 

In order to accommodate 367 legislators from both Houses the state has planned two towers— 32-storey and 47-storey— with a combined strength of 800 flats. As legislators are taking time in vacating flats, it has affected the redevelopment plan.

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