There are many slums which got developed on the land of Railways in the city. Due to their proximity to railway stations across the city, many problems are being faced by people. Taking this into consideration and solve the problem of housing for these 12 lakh slum-dwellers residing on the railway land in Jogeshwari, the State government on Thursday decided to build houses at Mahul and rehabilitate them. The state government has also decided to implement the SRA scheme for slum-dwellers from Aarey Colony.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis assured to a BJP delegation that these schemes will be implemented by the State government.
Nearly 80-hectare railway land is being encroached by slum-dwellers in the city. The concerned authorities are taking action against these slum-dwellers and hence they were on the verge of becoming homeless. Many of these slum-dwellers are residing in temples and nearby areas. Taking up their issue of housing, the BJP delegation met chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday and demanded that these slum-dwellers should be rehabilitated.
The residents of Aarey Colony slums are facing many problems due to forest department rules. These rules are the hindrance in providing facilities such as roads, electricity, water supply pipelines to local residents. Hence, a plot in Aarey Colony area has been reserved in the new Development Plan for providing these facilities to slum-dwellers. The BJP delegation also demanded to the chief minister to implement SRA scheme for slum-dwellers and the CM accepted their demand. Fadnavis has directed the concerned department to conduct a survey within three months and take this project further.
Minister of state for housing, Ravindra Waikar, and officers from the department were present on this occasion.