Established in 1977, MHADA has since then been engaged primarily in constructing and selling housing to low and middle income groups in urban and semi-urban areas. In Bombay it has constructed about 30,000 housing units and met 10-20% of the city’s annual housing needs. Its mass housing projects have been undertaken in Majaswadi, Chandivali, Oshiwara and Powai. However, future schemes may take longer to implement.
MHADA is running out of land. It now owns 100 hectares, mainly in Turbhe and Dindoshi. It has asked the state government for 700 hectares of salt-pan land in the Vikhroli-Mulund area. There are indications that recent MHADA projects, specially at Oshiwara, are aimed at higher income groups. More than half the flats in this scheme are earmarked for preferential allotment, and the rest are being sold at 20% higher than the current market rate. Finally, the Slum Re-development Scheme may require that all the land with MHADA be used for transit camps, at least for some period of time.
MHADA is also responsible for statutory repairs of buildings and the clearance of debris created by such repairs.