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PTI Last Updated at 07 Aug 2018, 16:08 IST India

The Maharashtra government cleared

today a proposal to rope in private landowners to collaborate

with state-run housing agency MHADA to implement the Pradhan

Mantri Aawas Yojana (PMAY) in urban areas.

Under the proposal, cleared by the Cabinet, the MHADA

(Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority) will form

joint ventures with interested private landowners to execute

the Centre's flagship scheme of providing low-cost homes to

the urban poor, Housing Minister Prakash Mehta said.

Private landowners having more than 10 acres of land

are eligible to participate in the scheme, he said.

The MHADA will construct houses for economically

weaker sections and lower income groups. Of the total housing

units, 35 per cent will be given to landowners and 65 per cent

to the MHADA, Mehta told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.

"The landowners will have the option to take the

housing stock or cash," an official in the housing department


JV projects can be taken up in areas falling under all

the 382 municipal corporations, councils and nagar panchayats,

the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, the

Pune and Nagpur Regional Development Authority, the CIDCO, the

MSRDC, the Nagpur Improvement Trust and the Navi Mumbai

Airport Influence Notified Area jurisdiction, he said.

"Such projects will be given an FSI of 2.5," said an

official in the Chief Minister's Office (CMO).

Floor Space Index (FSI) FSI is a tool that defines the

extent of construction permissible on a plot. It is the ratio

of the buildable area to the total plot area.

In another decision, the Cabinet cleared a proposal to

undertake steps to increase bamboo production and create

employment opportunities, the CMO official said.

A new company will be set up for the purpose, he said.

The firm, Maharashtra Bamboo Promotion Company, will

help in development of bamboo clusters besides design and sale

of bamboo products, he said.

A model village will be constructed to promote use of

bamboo for housing, the official said.

Last year, the Centre omitted bamboo grown in non-

forest areas from the definition of trees. This would help in

exempting it from requiring permits for felling or


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