Mahul residents seek prompt action from BMC for relocation

The residents approached BMC after there was no initiative to shift the people from Mahul, two weeks after the Bombay HC verdict came. They asked the authorities to show similar promptness they had shown in cutting trees in Aarey

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On October 9, Wednesday, hundreds of Mahul residents approached the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and state secretariat to submit applications demanding immediate relocation from the area, which they called a “living hell”.

The residents pointed out that the state government was prompt in shedding trees hours after the Bombay High Court passed a verdict dismissing all petitions against the felling of around 2,700 trees in Aarey Colony for a Metro car shed. They demanded that they must show a similar quickness in relocating the Mahul residents as well, however, there has been no progress on the high court’s order on Mahul despite a lapse of almost two weeks.

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On 23 September, a division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Bharati Dangre asked the state government to either shift 5,000 families in 12 weeks or they must be paid a rent of ₹15,000 per month. More importantly, the court has directed the government to not shift any more people to Mahul.

Notably, the yearly amount BMC will have to shell out to pay Mahul residents will be ₹125 crore with a refundable deposit of 45,000 and a monthly rent of ₹15,000 to every resident.

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