Bombay HC clears path for occupants to redevelop 25 dilapidated buildings at Sion Koliwada

These buildings are home to displaced people from Pakistan after the Partition of India and on Wednesday, Bombay HC allowed the residents to redevelop 25 buildings

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On Wednesday, Bombay High Court cleared the path for the occupants to redevelop 25 dilapidated buildings in the Sion Koliwada area. These buildings are home to displaced people from Pakistan after the Partition of India.

Shyamsundar Patil, Joint Secretary Revenue and Forest Department, on behalf of the state government, filed an affidavit which said that it has no plans and policy of redevelopment of 25 buildings and it does not wish to make one.

The affidavit also suggested that 25 buildings of 1,200 flats were constructed at Sion Koliwada to rehabilitate displaced persons from Pakistan after the Partition. Accordingly, it further added that 19 buildings were constructed in 1955 whereas the remaining six were built in 1963.

Meanwhile, the conveyance deeds of flats in 19 buildings are given to a majority of the displaced persons. Therefore, the affidavit suggested that the government has decided to transfer the tenements to the occupants of the remaining six buildings after occupants of each form a cooperative housing society.

Thus, the collector of Mumbai city district has proposed to the state government that if the names of the cooperative housing society of the buildings are entered into the records of rights as occupants Class I, no question will arise about the permission of the government for redevelopment.

Responding to the proposal, a letter was issued by the revenue and forest department which directed the divisional commissioner of Konkan division to enter the names of the cooperative housing society of 25 buildings in record of rights as occupant Class I and also to ensure the recovery of all dues from flat holders, excluding illegal transfers into Sion Koliwada displaced person colony, the affidavit stated.

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