|With a view to decongest the ever growing Megacity Mumbai and to accommodate the growing population ,trade and industry, Government of Maharashtra as per the envisaged master plan for creating the city of Navi Mumbai acquired about 18854 hectares of land form two adjacent Talukas of the district, Thane and Raigad. City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Limited (CIDCO) was appointed as the development authority under the provision of MRTP Act for the planned development of this New city. CIDCO divided the acquired land into Nodes and Sectors and initially took up the development on those part of the land in Thane District .To begin with, the Township of Vashi was developed and subsequently other Nodes from Airoli to CBD-Belapur.To ensure the proper administration of the developed Nodes in the Thane District ,the Government of Maharashtra has constituted Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) on 01/01/1992.
In consonance with the said master plan and also to ensure the planned development of the housing sector and its administration, the post of Joint Registrar, Co-operative Societies, CIDCO was created whose exclusive jurisdiction covers the geographical area of Navi Mumbai whose office is functioning in co-ordination with CIDCO.
During the term of Shri S P Sangle, the Joint Registrar in the late Ninetees’ , the need of formation of a separate housing Federation for Navi Mumbai was envisaged. He was deeply impressed with commitment and dedication of Navi Mumbai Action Committee towards the fixation of rateable value for the properties in Navi Mumbai and the subsequent reduction to the tune of more than 80% of the originally proposed value and also taking up various public related issues at appropriate forums to bring relief to the citizen of Navi Mumbai . It was during the month of June 1998, Shri Sangle, was kind enough to propose to Shri A K Bhattacharyya & K Somakumar of the said Action Committee to explore the possibility to form a Cooperative Housing Federation for jurisdiction of CIDCO developed Nodes of Navi Mumbai. Consequent to his suggestion a General meeting of the Cooperative Housing Societies were conducted on 16/08/1998 in the premises of Father Agnel (English medium) School, 9(A), Vashi to consider the possibility to form a Cooperative Housing Societies Federation exclusively for Navi Mumbai. The Representatives of about 50 Cooperative Housing Societies, actively participated and unanimously supported the proposal.
Shri A K Bhattacharyya was elected unanimously as the chief Promoter and was empowered to submit the proposal for the Registration of an independent Cooperative Housing Federation within the jurisdiction the geographical area earmarked under the Governments plan for Navi Mumbai .J K Chamber Premises Cooperative Society has given official permission to use their Society Office temporarily as the office for the Proposed Federation. Shri Bhattacharyya, the Chief Promoter along with five original promoters processed the case for registration of the Federation in the name of “Navi Mumbai Cooperative Housing Societies Federation Ltd.
With the appropriate guidance and active support of Shri Sangle, Navi Mumbai Cooperative Housing Societies Federation Ltd. was duly Registered along with its Byelaws on 12th April 1999.with registration number NBOM/CIDCO/GNL(O)/1609/JTR/1999-2000. The jurisdiction of the newl;y registered organization covered the CIDCO developed Nodes in Navi Mumbai, to coordinate with the Joint Registrar of Cooperative Societies (CIDCO) and for the orderly development of housing Cooperative movement in Navi Mumbai and to comply with the requirements of MCS Act. The Board of the Federation consisted of 15 Directors of which following Office Bearers are also included :
The Fedaration was operating from its registered office at J K Chamber Premises Cooperative Society. The effort of the Federation to procure an office accommodation from CIDCO at a concessional rate was not successful since such facility is extended only to the registered Trust. Hence, with the due permission from the Government, this Federation purchased the present office premises at 303, Big Splash, Sector 16, Vashi, Navi Mumbai.
In the Cooperative year 2006-2007, the Federation got some vital amendment to its Byelaws on the following issues :
The Federation has always been fortunate to receive the unreserved encouragement and active support of all the Joint Registers, from its inception. Following have been the Joint Registrars who have substantially contributed to the planned development of Housing cco-operatives in Navi Mumbai in co-ordination with Navi Mumbai Co-operative housing Federation Ltd:
The activities and contribution of the Federation have been widely acknowledged at various levels including state and even at the national level.
- Mr S P Sangle
- Mr. A Seveakar
- Dr. Subhash Mane
- Mr. B P Rathod
- Mr Anil Chavan
- Mr Vikas Rasal
Some of the achievements of the federation are noted herein under :
Federation has played a substantial role in the review and approval of Model Byelaws 2001 and 2009 and also the recent amendments to certain provisions in 2011. Federation was also actively involved in the review and finalization of draft Bye-laws for Primary co-operatives formulated by the National Housing Federation Ltd. Towards the same the General Secretary of the Federation has been admitted as member of the National Connect forum and also as special invitee in its advisory committee.
It is pertinent to put on record that all the cooperative housing societies including such societies which were originally registered by DDR Thane, came under the jurisdiction of the Joint Registrar , Cooperative Societies (CIDCO). Consequently they are mandatorily required to be affiliated with the Navi Mumbai Cooperative Housing Federation Ltd., being the only coordinating body with the Joint Registrar , Cooperative Societies (CIDCO). In this connection the copy of the letter No DDR/Thane/B-1/housing complaint/Appl/6064 dated 22/12/2011 from the DDR (Thane) is an evidence which would speak for itself.
Since 1999, this Federation is functioning from it’s office at Room No.303, Big Splash, Sector 17, Vashi, (Ph :27897301) carrying out the statutory functions. It has been providing the copies of required stationeries and documents as well as providing necessary guidance to the member societies to resolve their day to day problems and acting as link between the registrar and the member societies addressing their issues. It has regularly been conducting seminars, workshops and contact meetings at various Nodes to educate them about various provisions of the MCS Act ,Rules , Bye-laws and the Government orders passed from time to time.
To enhance able administration and proper up keeping of records, in 2003 the Federation implemented automation of all its functioning including maintenance of inventories of the stationeries, details of membership, administration etc.
The Federations’ effort with the Registrar and the Government resulted the constitution of an expert committee which has resulted in the amendment of the existing Bye-laws and the introduction of a new set of Bye-laws in 2009
Since then this Federation has been pursuing with the government for providing the following changes:
- Separate law for Housing Cooperatives
- Withdrawal of provision permitting the sale of parking space
- Compulsory provision for its members to obtain “No Objection Certificate” of the Society for transfer of their shares/ capital property of the society
- Withdrawal of Compulsory provision of CIDCO NOC for transfer of Shares in a CHS in CIDCO developed Nodes in Navi Mumbai
- Withdrawal of Compulsory provision of signing M-20 Bond by the members of the Managing Committee
Consequently the following developments has already taken place :
- It is made to understand the Government is exploring the possibility to provide a separate chapter in the MCS Act exclusively for housing cooperatives.
- Consequent to the order of the Hon’ble Bombay High Court Order dated 31.08.2010 and the subsequent confirmation of the Hon’ble Supreme Court that builders did not have any right to sell the parking spaces as these did not come under FSI and are within the definition of common areas, Government made suitable amendment to the relevant Bye-law, deleting the Controversial provision of Byelaw No 78(a) and suitably amending Byelaw No 78(b).
- Chief Minister in public meeting recently assured to issue due circular to withdraw the compulsory provision of requirement of signing Bond in Form M-20 for housing cooperatives
The Department of Co-operation through its letter in 2009, directed the registering authorities and the Housing Federations to provide trained manpower to the Housing societies to ensure smooth and trouble-free administration of such bodies . Our Federation has come out with a comprehensive training programme for Managers in cooperative housing societies for the first time in Maharashtra. It is a three-month certificate course co-organized jointly by the Jt. Registrar , Co-operative Societies, CIDCO and this Federation. Faculty members includes Senior officers of Cooperative Department, Senior Advocates, Senior Chartered Accountants and highly experienced personalities in the field of Housing Cooperatives.
Certificates are issued to the successful trainees jointly by Jt. Registrar of Co-op. Societies (CIDCO) & Navi Mumbai Co-operative Housing Federation Ltd. Presently the Fourth Batch is on progress. Federation intends to complete the fifth batch also by this calendar year. Federation is making a Panel of Managers for the benefit of member Societies in co-ordination with the Joint Registrar, Cooperative Societies( CIDCO ).
Federation guided the member societies of New Panvel, Kharghar and Kalamboli Nodes with a model form of representation to deal with the notice issued for the payment of Non Agricultural Tax. This Federation has regularly been conducting interacting meetings in developing nodes of Navi Mumbai in co-ordination with member Societies and other Social organizations.
It also formulated English version of the Bye-laws of 2009 and got it approved by the Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Pune for supplying such copies to its member societies.
In response to the invitation of observation and suggestions on the proposed replacement of MOFA by Housing regulatory bill 2012, this federation promptly forwarded its comments for amendment to certain objectionable provisions with additional suggestions .While appreciating the inclusion of a Regulatory Authority and an Appellate Tribunal to regulate the real estate development activities, it strongly opposed the proposals which are found to be detrimental to the interest of the Societies and the purchasers of housing units. A copy of our observations and suggestions, which is running to about nine pages was also forwarded to all the MLAs at their official e-mail id, with a request to do the needful to protect the interest of the common man
Federation made a humble beginning to circulate the first issue of its News Letter on quarterly basis. We are committed to improve the same qualitatively and quantitatively based on the feed back received from member societies.
Federation will be more than willing to conduct more and more interactive sessions in all the Nodes of Navi Mumbai for the benefit of member societies even at short notice.
For benefit of the member societies of nodes in Raighad District , the Federation opened an outlet at Shop No 1, Siddhi Vinayak Tower Cooperative Housing Society, Plot No 82, Sector 19, Kamothe, Navi Mumbai for supply of stationery and also for periodical advice from that office. Member Societies are requested to avail this facility .Federation is also exploring the possibility to open similar outlet in and around Ghansoli or Airoli Node
For more than last four years the Chairman Shri. A. K Bhattacharyya regularly answers queries of members of Housing Societies through his column in News Band and Ajchchi Navi Mumbai. Queries can also be raised to Shri. K.Somakumar, the General Secretary on E-Mail ID firstname.lastname@example.org and Shri. A.K. Bhattacharyya,Chairman on E-Mail ID email@example.com