Mumbai: MLAs and MLCs are searching for accommodation as the Manora MLA Hostel building is not safe for residing in. The Legislative Secretariat has invited tenders for houses on a rental basis from housing societies or builders having stock of 175 fully furnished flats. The move came after part of the ceiling collapsed in hostel room no 125 of ‘D’ wing of the hostel allotted to NCP MLA Satish Patil on Monday. No one was hurt as the room was empty.
There are two high-rises at the Manora Hostel that accommodates 158 legislators. Soon after the incident, the State government began looking for alternative accommodation in south and central Mumbai. The Manora Hostel was constructed in the 1980s and due to poor construction, as claimed by Public Works Department (PWD), some parts of the plaster has fallen. There are several complaints about the poor quality of construction at Manora. The PWD has put up props and a structural audit has been ordered.
Maharashtra has 180 MLCs and 288 MLAs. Out of which 158 legislators were living there. The chief minister, ministers, ministers of State and presiding officers of the legislature have their own bungalows.
The State issued an advertisement asking interested parties to come forward if they have fully furnished flats admeasuring 450 to 550 sq feet carpet area preferably in Cuffe Parade, Nariman Point, Walkeshwar, Malabar Hill, Wadala up to Dadar on a rental basis for its legislators for a minimum period of two to three years. The interested parties have been asked to submit the offer by August 9, said a senior official.
According to PWD sources, the Manora Hostel has four towers of 14 storeys. The PWD will construct four new towers on the same plot adjacent to these towers. Once new towers are constructed, the old ones would be demolished and reconstructed on the same plot.