Redevelopment Project: Mahul residents to be moved to transit camps in Kurla

Project affected people said that they will continue their agitation until they are provided with substantial proof regarding Maharashtra government’s assurance

Redevelopment Project: Mahul residents to be moved to transit camps in Kurla

Amid the struggle of people who were moved to transit camps in Mumbai’s Mahul village due to the redevelopment work in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) buildings, Maharashtra government on Monday has assured to temporarily move them to Kurla.

People affected from the redevelopment project have been protesting adamantly against the civic body and state government demanding to move them from Mahul where they claimed that almost 100 people have died due to the pollution in the area. 

In order to mark their protest, the project affected residents on Sunday created a human chain from Sindhu Wadi to Kama Lane in Vidyavihar. Social activist Medha Patkar also participated in the struggle. Moreover, protestors agitated and surrounded residence of Maharashtra Housing Minister Prakash Mehta in Ghatkopar to press their demands. Mehta expressed his willingness to discuss the problems of the protestors. 

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After that, the protestors met Department of Urban Development Chief Secretary Sanjeev Kumar and got the assurance that they will be provided with 5,000 vacant houses in Kurla transit camps. The final decision on the same will be announced after discussing the same with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis within four days. 

In Mumbai, BMC is busy with the large-scale redevelopment work of its owned lands and buildings. Due to the lack of transit camps, the project affected people are usually moved to transit camps in Mahul village. Therefore, the residents of BIT chawls are reluctant to move from their homes. 

Along with the claim that almost 100 people have died due to the pollution, the people living in Mahul village transit camps informed that there are no basic amenities available in the area. Despite assurance from the state government on Sunday, the protesters have said they will carry on their agitation until a substantial proof regarding the state government’s assurance is provided. 

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