After rejecting 11,179 application forms for Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) flats and a year-long wait, the lottery for 2,593 MHADA houses in Mumbai will finally be conducted today.
Of the 2,593 flats, 1,726 are in Mira Road while 867 are located in Sion, Borivli, Kurla and Charkop.
More than 1.5 lakh people had applied for Mhada flats this year. But, Mhada cancelled multiple applications over discrepancies in the details provided in the application, reported Times of India. This is the first time Mhada has cancelled such a huge number of applications.
Applications from the same applicants and those who applied under the same bank account numbers and permanent account numbers (PAN) were cancelled.
Not just this year, Mhada flats have been a huge draw among buyers - around nine lakh applications have been received for 12,216 houses put up for sale in past four years.
According to Times of India, Mhada officials rejected the applications following a major scam wherein an inquiry committee found that 425 winners of the 2011 lottery had submitted fake addresses and bank account numbers. While 100 winners resubmitted their papers for fresh scrutiny, the committee found that nearly 30 applicants had won the lottery more than once since 2006.
Mhada is expected to file an FIR soon against the applicants who submitted fake papers and brokers who are involved in the scam.
Prospective buyers can see the final list of accepted applications on the Mhada website here.