Mahul residents rejects Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis offer after their 31st day of the sit-in at Vidya Vihar demanding compliance of High Court’s order, which directed the Government of Maharashtra to relocate the residents of Mahul.
Chief Minister statement has agitated the residents by his insensitive way of addressing the issue. More than hundred people have died so far due to the pollution in Mahul. Looks like he is waiting for more people to die to act. The future course of movement of Mahul residents will be decided and announced soon.
While, Housing Minister Prakash Mehta had assured them that all of them can be given houses in Kurla HDIL, Chief Minister denied the same stating they are under litigation. What CM offered to do as part of the solution of the problem is only sanctioning the 350 houses which were offered by MHADA to Mahul residents.
Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan (GBGBA) said that this is not the complete solution as total families living in Mahul are around 5,500. A meeting was held yesterday with the Chief Minister on the insistence of Shiv Sena youth leader Aditya Thackrey in presence of MHADA president, Uday Samant and Thackrey himself. But, none of the representatives of Mahul residents were called for the meeting.
Mahul residents deplored that it is not the case that there are no tenements available at all. In fact, through RTI it was have found that there are almost one lakh tenements available in Mumbai which are meant for Project Affected Persons. So, this means that if the Kurla HDIL tenements cannot be allotted then there are still umpteen number of tenements available which can be allotted to Mahul residents.
GBGBA expressed concern that the Chief Minister does not even have the courtesy to meet the representatives of the Mahul residents to discuss and resolve the issue. The residents have been trying to meet him for more than a year. Agitated by this callous behaviour of the government, resident took out a bike rally to Mantrayalay. They displayed large postcards which were addressed to the chief minister reminding him about meeting the residents.