Mumbai: Looking to rent a house in south Mumbai?
Well, one Dhunjibhoy Building on Sleater Road in Tardeo area has a 1,100 square-feet apartment lying vacant for the past 11 years- and its rent is pegged at Rs 64.
Yes, Rs 64 per month only.
But it comes with two conditions:
Since the building is owned by R D Mahaluxmiwala Charity Building Trust, which is a Parsi Trust- it has drawn an agreement with the Mumbai Police, listing that this flat can only be given to a Parsi police officer.
According to reports, for over 60 years, the Parsis have reserved the apartment for its community members.
The last occupant was a Parsi officer named Firoz Ganjia, an assistant commissioner of police who stayed for a few years before vacating the apartment in 2008. Since then, there have been numerous requests from home-seekers but none from the Parsi community.
Reportedly, the Trust wrote to the Mumbai Police in March 2018, reminding them that the apartment was still vacant.
The Mumbai Police has long tried to provide an occupant for the flat but is helpless due to the skewed number of Parsi in the force. There are reported to be just two Parsi police officers in the department- out of which one is posted out on deputation and the other lives in his own house in the city.
A report in the Indian Express quoted one of the caretaker of the locality, J A Katrak, who reiterated, “only Parsis can stay here.”
According to current property prices in Mumbai, the rent of the flat would ideally be anywhere between Rs 75,000-1,00,000 per month.
With inputs from Rajiv Ranjan Singh