Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad had taken the decision to allot 100 flats in buildings of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to the hospital and the keys of the flat were handed over by NCP Chief Sharad Pawar recently.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday stayed the transfer of 100 MHADA flats here to the Tata Memorial Hospital for providing temporary accommodation to cancer patients undergoing treatment there. State Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad on Wednesday confirmed the decision.
Awhad had taken the decision to allot 100 flats in buildings of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to the hospital. The keys of the flats were handed over to the hospital authorities in May by NCP chief Sharad Pawar, the alliance of the Shiv Sena and the Congress in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government (MVA)
All is not well in Maha Vikas Aghadi. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray put the stay on the NCP minister @Awhadspeaks decision of handing over 100 Mhada flats to Tata Cancer hospital for cancer patients kin. The key of these flats were handed over by NCP chief Sharad Pawar recently
— Sudhir Suryawanshi (@ss_suryawanshi) June 23, 2021
Shiv Sena MLA from Sewri in Mumbai Ajay Chaudhary told reporters that the decision to stay the transfer order was taken after he complained to the Chief Minister about objections to it from local residents.
“My repeated pleas to the housing minister to hear the grievances of locals went unheard. So, I had to petition the chief minister,” he said.
Chaudhary said the MHADA can allot an entire building to the hospital so that it is easy for the hospital authorities to maintain it.
But, the decision to allot flats for temporary accommodation in different buildings where people are already staying was not acceptable to locals, he said.
“We have no objection to tenements in transit camps being given to the hospital. There are MHADA tenements in the Bandra-Kurla Complex. One entire building can be given to the hospital, but not where locals are residing,” Chaudhary said.
The MLA also said his wife succumbed to cancer four years ago, and he set up a trust in her name with his own money and is helping the needy cancer patients to get medical treatment.
“Nobody should tell me the agony of cancer patients as me and my family have undergone the trauma,” he said.
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