Mumbai – The Supreme Court had ordered the authorities to rehabilitate the eligible slum-dwellers after removing their encroachments near Tansa lake. It has now come to fore that the SC direction is being violated as the affected families were first rehabilitated at Mahul but they were later shifted to Kurla Kohinoor Compound. Leader of opposition in the BMC, Pravin Chheda, has raised the issue of rehabilitation and asked the concerned authorities when they are going to rehabilitate the affected persons at Kurla.
Chheda raised this issue in the BMC standing committee meeting and alleged that the BMC administration has violated direction of the Supreme Court. The slums along Tansa pipelines in Dharavi, Mulund and Bhandup areas were removed following the SC orders. The notices have been issued to slum-dwellers in Ghatkopar area and orders were issued to rehabilitate 400 slum-dwellers at Mahul. They were given keys of flats but they rented those flats and returned to live in their slum. Hence, who stopped this process, asked Chheda.
The 400 affected families will now be given flats in Kurla Kohinoor Compound. It is mandatory to remove the encroachments soon after rehabilitating the encroachers. On one hand, the instruction of corporators to stop this action is neglected but on the other action is stopped when the minister’s direction come in this regard. This leaves a scope to doubt the role of municipal commissioner and assistant commissioners. Hence, an inquiry should be conducted in this case and its report should be submitted in the next meeting, demanded Chheda.