Sena worker strikes gold, wins 2 of 3 costliest flats in MHADA lottery

Sena worker strikes gold, wins 2 of 3 costliest flats in MHADA lottery
Apart from Shirke (inset), Sena corporator Ramdas Kamble from Pratiksha Nagar and Sena MP Hemant Godse from Nashik also won a flat each

A Shiv Sena worker from Agripada, Vinod Shirke, struck gold on Sunday after winning two of the costliest apartments in the MHADA lottery.

Results of the lottery conducted by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) for 1,384 apartments with the price ranging from Rs 14.6 lakh to 5.8 crore were declared yesterday.

Three costliest flats on offer, in Dhawalgiri building in Grant Road area, were priced at Rs 4.99 crore, Rs 5.13 crore and Rs 5.8 crore.

Of the three, Shirke bagged two of these flats priced at Rs 4.99 crore and Rs 5.8 crore – with the latter being the most expensive in the state housing board’s history. The third went to one Akhtar Said Mohammed.

This year marked the 19th time Shirke, a shakha pramukh, had applied for a MHADA house.

MHADA had received over 1.6 lakh applications, of which some 80 were for the three costliest flats. While individuals call fill as many applications as they like, they can only walk away with one.

“As per MHADA rules, if a person wins two flats in the lottery in his name, he has to surrender one to the authority. Now the winner will have to decide which one he wants to surrender,” an official from MHADA said.

The Tadvi family in Titwala on the outskirts of Mumbai has won three houses. Ramesh Tadvi, his parents and his brother won a house each. As per the rules, the family will be able to keep all three houses.

Apart from Shirke, Sena corporator Ramdas Kamble from Pratiksha Nagar and Sena MP Hemant Godse from Nashik also won a house each worth Rs 99 lakh in the lottery.

As many as 989 houses were up for sale under the economically weaker section and lower income group categories, 210 flats under the middle-income group and 194 flats for the higher income group category.

The houses are situated in Antop Hill, Mulund, Sion, Goregaon, Borivali, Kandivali, Dahisar, Powai, Chembur, Cumballa Hills, Charkop, Vikhroli, Lower Parel and Matunga. Among others, the winners also include Mhada worker Samar Pakhare, Maharashtra government employee Trupti Kharat, and one Prajakta Khadye.

MHADA and state government employees have a quota in the lottery, so do journalists, artists and others. Ever since it came into existence in 1977, it has built around 4.5 lakh affordable housing units.

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