Medha Patkar rejects Tahsildar’s appeal to vacate the land

Medha Patkar rejects Tahsildar’s appeal to vacate the land and explains why the people of Mandala have resorted to a re-occupation

The aftermath of the eviction

Mother and daughter remember the chaos that followed the demolition of Mandala in 2004 and how the state apparatus was used to harass people in the aftermath of the eviction.

Growing up Evicted

A young man recollects the inhuman treatment the people of Mandala have suffered police oppression and government apathy over 10 years since their houses were demolished.

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People of Mandala reoccupy land a decade after their homes were demolished!

 

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The people of Mandala – Mankhurd are bravely leading the struggle of India’s homeless, marginalized and oppressed for the fifth continuous day as they demand what is rightfully theirs. While at the same time there is no response from the government to the demands, instead the Satyagrahis facing harassment by police.

In 2004, as part of a massive demolition drive where an estimated 85,000 homes were obliterated in Mumbai, Mandala too had its share of bulldozers. In 2005 the Court had allowed Mandala residents to build their homes which were again demolished. After almost a decade, an estimated 3000 people have occupied 55 hectares of prime land in Mandala – Mankhurd to claim back what was taken away from them unlawfully – their homes. The unprecedented daring move of the people has met with immense success and support from all quarters of the society. The Government is yet to recognize demands of the Satyagraha.

Meanwhile, the crowds at the occupation have been busy mapping out plots to build their homes. Basic amenities like toilets are being planned out. From the makeshift tents they are living in now, the community has already announced a school to be built. In a shared exuberance, many hawkers and vendors lined up the action-area offering snacks and drinks. Unexpectedly, around evening, police raided the premises and tried to drive out the hawkers and vendors but met with resistance from the community and backed out, yesterday. In many ways the Mandala Satyagraha is exposing the ill-found principles on which modern cities are built. Poor street-sellers always end up bearing the brunt of police excesses. In this time of a historic resistance we pledge to support every marginalized being until the foundation of an equitable society is laid.

Meanwhile, volunteers are busy trying to dig out copies of official reports regarding the implementation of the Pilot Project of Rajeev Awaas Yojana as promised by the administration earlier but is now being shelved. As informed by the Asst. Commissioner of M-east Ward Mr. Digavnkar, the fund allocated for conducting socio-economic survey of M (East) Ward has been stalled after receiving directions from the state government. He also informed that the policy was going to revived and be made on the basis of PPP model. But this PPP model, we believe, will only benefit the builders and go against the urban poor.

A delegation of Satyagrahi, yesterday, met the Asst. Commissioner of M-east Ward with the demands of providing regular water supply and making arrangement for toilets at the Satyagraha site, which is a large open space. The water supply demand was accepted and the demand for toilets would be looked into later after consulting the other department. The absence of toilets makes it very difficult for the large number of women Satyagrahis.

We request citizens to come forward and support this historic struggle by all means so that injustice meted out to slum-dwellers come to an end and the city sees a more balanced approach to residential planning.

Support the people of Mandala in their struggle for justice!
Write to the CM at chiefminister@maharashtra.gov.in  and
Join in large numbers at the dharna sthal in Mandala (nearest
station is Mankhurd, on Harbour line) stand in support of the
movement, spread the word to the wider public, media,
and/or, cover the story yourself. You could also sponsor
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CM agrees to stall demolition till investigations are complete; Ganesh Krupa land belongs to the residents. Fast called off.

Medha Patkar and Madhuri Shivkar call off their indefnite fast after meaningful resolution of the issues

No demolitions of the 6 projects untill the enquiry is complete

GaneshKrupa Society land belongs to the residents : decision of the joint meeting

Mandala to be the pilot project of Rajiv Awas Yojana of Mumbai

Process of slum declaration and providing civic amenities will happen according to the earlier agreement between Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan and Govt. of Maharashtra

All conditions of the LOI to be complied with and in cases of fraud documents it will be withdrawn

On the 9th day of Medha Patkar and Madhuri Shivkar’s fast at Golibar, Mumbai, Sh. Pritviraj Chavan, Chief Minister, Maharashtra intervened. After a meaningful meeting and written assurances by the Principal Secretary(Housing) and CEO, SRA followed by a meeting and agreement to the demands by the Chief Minister, Medha patkar and Madhuri Shivkar call off the fast at 1 AM on 13th April, 2013, but the struggle will continue to ensure proper implementation of the decisions.

Earlier in the day on April 12, thousands of supporters and Slum Dwellers reached to the door step of Chief Minister Bunglow and protested there the whole day, which forced the Chief Minister to agree on the demands on the 9th day of the fast.

A delegation consisted of Sh. ChandraShekhar, Architect, Vidya Bal, Editor, Miloon Saryajani (a Marathi Magazine), Pushpa Dave, Writer, Anjali Damania, Sumit Wajale, Prerna Gaikwad, Ajit Gavkhedkar and residents of Golibar and other slums in Mumbai met the Chief Minister.

The fast started on 4th April, 2013 after demolition of 70+ houses of GaneshKrupa Society, Golibar with the following demands:-

1.       The enquiry in respect of 6 S.R.A. Projects, under the chairmanship of Principal secretary, Housing, is in progress since 13th January, 2013. We demand that the work in all these projects should be stopped untill the report of the enquiry is completed and actions taken on the recommendations.

2.       If demolitions are being carried out in accordance with court rulings but the preconditions put forth are not met, main issues and allegations of corruption through forgery, fraudulent consent are not resolved etc., then in such cases project work should be stopped and no further demolitions be carried.

3.       In cases where the residents have submitted self development projects or wish to submit the same, they should be sanctioned and encourgaed and started immediately.

4.       S.R.A. Should ensure that in case of ongoing S.R.A. Projects all conditions in L.O.I. should be complied with.

5.       The L.O.I. of the developer should be withdrawn wherever the developers have submitted forged / false documents or wrong information in violation of the L.O.I – as in case of Shivalik builders.

6.       The Chief Minister of Maharashtra has agreed to implement ‘Rajeev Awas Yojana’ in the slums of Mumbai instead of S.R.A., on 2nd January, 2013. However these very slums are being buldozed even today. So, the displacement of these slums should be stopped till R.A.Y. is implemented. The same was conveyed to the State Government by the Union Minister Ajay maken on April 2, 2013.

7.       Pilot projects in respect of slum at Mandala, Mankhurd under the R.A.Y. Have already been submiited to the state as well as Central Governments. That should be approved and implemented at the earliest.

8.       Civic amenities (like water, toilets, nallahs, roads ) should be provided to all the slums immediately as per the written assurance given by the Municipal Commissioner.

9.       The Chief Secretary had given a written assurance on 25th May, 2011 that 19 bastis as agreed in the list, after 9 day fast by Medha Patkar, will be decalred slums within 3 months. There is no action on this assurance till date. The same should be done. The Chief Minister, and the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Housing had premised again in January, 2013 to complete this action during discussions held with them. They also gave a written assurance to that effect. The displacements that are being carried out at present are, therefore, grossly unjust and hence should be stopped forthwith.

10.    Shri Ajay Maken, Minister for Housing and Urban poverty alleviation, Government of India has written a letter to the Chief Minister, Maharashtra state on 2nd April, 2013. The Chief Minister should declare his stand on the letter in writing.

11.    The land of Sathe Nagar should be given for R.A.Y. . This land is currently under the hold of Bombay Soap company.

 

Chief Minister Agreed to the Following :-

1.      On the issue of Ganesh Krupa Society’s Land: The residents of the Society has paid the amount towards the cost of the land to the government which they agreed. Without the consent of the residents the land cannot be developed. A Joint Meeting within a week will decide about the development of the land.

2.      Rehabilitation building has been constructed on the Defence land which is under court process. No one at the rehabilitation site will be homeless even if defence wins the case. MHADA and Government of Maharashtra will look into the matter. 

3.      No demolition untill the enquiry is complete :- Chief Minister agreed to halt on demolitions of the 6 SRA projects by the Principal Secretary (housing) till the enquiry report comes and action taken. They will take action on the fraudulent cases related to SRA. The enquiry has been promised to be completed by 15th May, 2013.

4.      Mandala will be declared as the Pilot Project of Rajiv Awas Yojana in Mumbai. Chief Minister will talk to the Central Govt. to implement Rajiv Awas Yojana in Mumbai.

5.      Slum declaration process will be according to the earlier agreement between the Andolan and Government of Maharashtra in May, 2011.

6.      Chief Minister agreed to take Mandala as the Pilot Project of Rajiv Awas Yojana and to talk to the Central Government on RAY.

7.      They  ensured all ongoing SRA projects will be complied with all conditions of LOI and in cases of Fraud documents, LOI will be withdrawn.

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SRA admits on the fact that the land of GaneshKrupa Society belongs to the Residents of the Society

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April 11, 2013, Mumbai: 8th day of the indefinite fast by Medha Patkar and Madhuri Shivkar. Early in the day Slum dwellers and supporters in Mumbai reached to the houses of their respective MLAs and MPs and demonstrated outside of their houses. Hundreds of Slum Dwellers from Mandala, Mankhurd barged to the house of Sanjay Dina Patil, MP and started fast there itself until he talks to the Chief Minister to intervene in the matter. Medha ji’s is growing weaker every day but her health remained stable during the day. Signs of weakness can be seen in her health but spirit and strength is still high.

Supporters kept coming from different parts of Maharashtra and other states to the fast site extending their solidarity to the fast and to the people. Manav Kamble, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Prasad Bagwe, Karla, Ibrahim Bhai, Pimpri – Chinchwad, Anjali Damania, Pune, P. K. Das and Gurvir Singh, Niwara Haq Samiti, Kumar Prashant, Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal, Tanushree, Gujrat, Dr. Sanjay Nagral, Kailash Furari, Jalna, Swapnil and Priyadarshan from Nashik, Adv. Haider and Adv. Khayam, Prof. Om Damania, IIT, Mumbai, Urmila Pawar, Dalit Mahila Sangathan, Santosh Surve, Jan Jagruti Vidyarthi Sangh and others extended their solidarity by visiting the fast site. Tarun Mandal, MP, LokSabha Extended his Solidarity with the Struggle. Arvind Kejriwal, Leader, Aam Admi Party and Mahashweta Devi, Writer extended their  support too.

Aruna Roy, Social Activist and Member, National Advisory Council wrote to Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, Ajay Maken, Minister of Housing and Poverty Alleviation and Sh. Pritviraj Chauhan, Chief Minister, Maharashtra asking for urgent intervention in the matter. And she asked Mrs. Gandhi to resolve the issue in a democratic manner and to  take up the matter within the United Progressive Alliance to evolve consensus and ensure that state government actions are in conformity with the stated policy of the Central government.

Late in the evening yesterday on the 7th day of the Indefinite fast i.e. on 10th April, 2013, Sh. Nirmal Deshmukh, CEO, SRA called for a meeting with delegation from the fast site to discuss on the demands. Addl. Collector (Encroachment), Mr. Thackrey, Secretary, SRA, Mr. Milind Bohrikar, Sub-Registrar, SRA and other concerned officers from SRA (Slum Redevelopment Authority) were present during the discussion with the delegation by CEO, SRA.

1.    Discussion started from Ganesh krupa Society Redevelopment Plan. The society has already paid amount of Rs. 5 lakh 4 Thousand towards the cost of land to the Collector in 2003. As per records the land belongs to the society. The Society now demands for self development. CEO, SRA agreed in principle on this and has agreed to talk to the Chief Minister and Principal Secretary, Housing on this.

2.    CEO, SRA has agreed to the demand to stop demolition till the enquiry of the 6 societies are going on under the Principal Secretary, Housing.

3.    He has even agreed to talk to the Chief Minister and Principal Secretary, Housing on the issue of Slum Declaration and Providing civic amenities to the bastis and implementation of Rajiv Awas Yojana for 21 bastis.

The delegation has demanded to take Mandala in Mumbai as the Pilot project for Rajiv Awas Yojana.

Corruption from the side of SRA can be clearly seen from the SRA side regarding the land transaction of GaneshKrupa Society of Golibar. In 2003, the Society paid the money to the govt. and the land now belongs to the residents of the society. This was clearly admitted by the SRA when they met the delegation yesterday. “When the land belongs to the residents of the Society, how the Shivalik ventures can demolish the houses built over it” said by the residents of the Society. In 1997, this matter has been published in the gazetteer of Maharashtra which supports the claim.


Unless and until the Chief Minister, Principal Secretary(Housing), and CEO, SRA talks to the protesters, fast will Continue at Golibar, Mumbai.

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Golibar FAQs

All that you need to know about the Golibar SRA project, demolitions and the indefinite hunger strike by the basti people

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WHAT’S THE BIG ISSUE?

The corruption and nexus between the Government and Builders under the cover of the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) in Mumbai, that has led to lakhs of slum-dwellers struggling for the basic right to a house. The most recent example is collapse of a 8 storey building in Mumbra, constructed within a span of 2-3 months leading to death of more than 70 people.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE SRA?

SRA authorises private builders to redevelop slum land. The slum-dwellers are moved into vertical establishments, and the land that is thus freed up, becomes available as a free-sale component in the property market. Privatisation also means that the government is not responsible for maintaining transparency and quality. Since the money to be made from new land sales in Mumbai is extremely high, there is a vicious competition amongst the builders to woo the slum residents.

Moreover, SRA only authorises a house to those people who can show their citizenship until 1995. It also gives the power of go-ahead to the Builder if they can attain approval of 70% of the people in a society. These 2 facts are exploited by the Builders to practise extortion, fraud and forgery at the ground level, and have become the common practise to lure societies into signing a deal with them.

A date based cut-off to the Right to a House, and limited participation of a government agency, have made the SRA into a pro-Builder scheme. This needs to be rectified.

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BUT WHY DEVELOP SLUMS? AREN’T THEY ILLEGAL IN THE FIRST PLACE?

Today 60% of the population of Mumbai lives in slums. Those recognised under SRA have paid Assessment Tax to the government. The people living here comprise the major part of the people working in the service industry and small-scale industries. Slums are not a result of squatting, but instead because of a lack of low-cost housing options. This big gap in housing development has left only very high-cost options that the poorer people cannot afford.

SO IS SRA THE ONLY SCHEME FOR REDEVELOPMENT? 

It is the most prominent one in place to resettle slums. Others look into Project Affected People (PAP) – people forced to move because of development of Highways, high-tech parks etc. For settlements that came into being after the cut-off date of 1995, there are currently no schemes at all.

Demolition in Golibar on 2nd April

WHY NOW? WHAT’S THE URGENCY?

This is not a recent struggle. People of the slums have been fighting for their rights since 2004, when vast areas of slums in Mumbai were razed to the ground by the Vilasrao Deshmukh government to convert Mumbai to Shanghai. The Adarsh Housing Scam, Hiranandani Developers Land grab are examples of the extent to which a handful of powerful people are robbing the common man of a basic right to shelter.

Another such instance is the history of ‘redevelopment’ in Khar Golibar, wherein 140 acres of land- home to 46 societies and over 26,000 families – has been literally gifted to a single private company – Shivalik Ventures, by invoking a special clause – 3K- of the SRA. This clause gives a single builder complete rights to redevelop a large slum without inviting tenders.

A small society of 323 houses in Golibar – Ganesh Krupa – has become the flash point for the struggle between the SRA/Builder nexus and the Slum dwellers, ever since it slapped a case of fraud and forgery on Shivalik Ventures, the builder that forcefully undertook the rights to their development. 6 forced demolition drives over the past 1 year led to the society appealing to Medhatai Patkar and ‘Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao’ for help.

Medha and Madhuri on fast

She undertook a 9 day fast in May 2011, which resulted in formation of two committees to look in to the irregularities and corruption in SRA schemes and another to look in to regularisation on slums. However, none of these committees were made functional under pressure from builder lobby.

Once again, when the whole world was celebrating the beginning of a new year, working class of Mumbai dwelling in bastis marched for two days to continue their camp in Azad Maidan for ten days which resulted in another investigation committee under Principal Secretary, Housing, Government of Maharashtra to look in corruption and irregularities. Some bastis were identified where R.A.Y. should be implemented. Mandala (Mankhurd) basti was identified as one of the ‘Pilot project’ being on priority and it was decided that process should be started at the earliest and the orders for demolitions were asked to be taken back.  By the directions of Honorable Chief Minster, the investigation procedures of these 6 SRA projects is being carriedout under the chairmanship of Honorable Devashsih Chakravarty.

On February 7-8th, 2013 in S.R.A. Office the hearing was called out for these 6 SRA projects,  under the chairmanship of Honourable Devashish Chakravarty, Principal Secretary (Housing department’s) wherein MHADA officials, Deputy Collector and Additional Collectors were present.

Directions were given by the Chief Minister, that no evictions and demolitions would be undertaken while the investigations are on, but on April 2 – 3rd, in presence of hundreds of policemen and bouncers of Shivalik builders, demolitions were carried on in Ganesh Krupa Housing Society.

On April 2nd even Union Minister for Housing and Poverty Alleviation Ministry, Mr. Ajay Maken wrote a detailed letter, asking Maharashtra government to not go ahead with demolitions but even then 43 houses were demolished. Why, when the Ministry of Environment and Forest ordered demolition of Adarsh Housing Society, over illegalities even then it stands tall on Mumbai’s coast, working class of Mumbai asks ?

CM Shri Prithviraj Chauhan on several occasions assured Medhatai Patkar and Andolan of an inquiry into the matter of Golibar demolitions, and the larger issue of redevelopment of slums in Mumbai, no action has been taken over. This has forced Medhatai to go on an indefinite fast to get justice once again, within a span of two years.

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WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF GANESH KRUPA SOCIETY? 

The slum housing the Ganesh Krupa Society consists of 324 tenements. The slum was declared in 1997 and the rehabilitation scheme was approved in favour of M/s Madhu Construction Company, to which the slum dwellers were amenable. The Slum Rehabilitation Authority had issued a Letter of Intent bearing No. SRAIENG/819/HE/PULOI dated 3rd October 2004 in favour of Madhu Constructions, however due to financial constraints and pressure from big companies, Madhu Constructions could not undertake the project and hence entered into a Joint Venture Agreement with Shivalik Ventures Pvt. Ltd. on 3rd March 2008, without the knowledge of the slum dwellers. Thereafter Shivalik Ventures indulged in forging documents to procure the Letter of Intent bearing No. SRA/ENG/1188/HE/ML/LOI dated 20th August 2009. The crucial resolution dated 7th February 2009 of the Society approving of and giving consent to the company to carry out the development itself has been fabricated by Shivalik Ventures, in respect of which criminal proceedings initiated by the slum dwellers are pending. However, relying on the fraudulent document and consequential actions Shivalik has succeeded in obtaining favourable orders from the Courts and began forcible and illegal demolition of houses in the slum. While 167 families have voluntarily shifted, but 48 houses were demolished in January 2011, and on 19th and 20th May 2011, 24 houses in total were demolished, and 43 houses on April 2-3, 2013..

The slum dwellers have already initiated criminal action in regard to the fraudulent document purported to be the General Body Resolution dated 7th February 2009 and can always avail of the necessary civil remedies available to them, there is one another important aspect that is of mammoth proportions and consequences, and this being the link of this, and other projects of Shivalik Ventures, to the 2G scam.

WHO IS SHIVALIK VENTURES?

Unitech owns 50% of shares of Shivalik Ventures Pvt. Ltd. even as per its own website and Annual Report 2009-10 (page 52). The Annual Report 2009-10 of Unitech further provides under the heading “Capital Commitment” that:

“Investment in 10,00,000 equity shares of Rs. 10 each at a premium of Rs. 9990/-per share aggregating of Rs. 1000 crore has been made in joint venture company, Shivalik Ventures Pvt. Ltd. An Amount of Rs. 442.77 crore has been paid against the allotment of fully paid-up shares. The balance securities premium of Rs.557.23 crores will be accounted for on payment.”

As pointed above, Shivalik Ventures, in turn, has entered into an agreement of Joint Venture on 2nd March 2008 with M/s Madhu Construction Company to jointly develop Ganesh Krupa slum at Golibar.

It is important to highlight the period during which Unitech has entered into re-development of slums in Mumbai since it corresponds to the period during which it illegally secured thousands of crores in the 2G scam. The Director of Unitech has been included in the charge sheet filed by CBI and has been under arrest since then. And as per the CAG report, Unitech after availing the Spectrum licence in September – October 2008 for Rs 1658 crores subsequently sold it off to Telenor company at the rate of Rs 6120 crores. According to CBI, Unitech was alloted Unified Access Service licenses in 22 circles for Rs.1,658 crores, 60% of which it offloaded to Norway’s Telenor even before roll-out.

We are apprehensive that this illegal gratification enjoyed by the Company has been diverted and invested in its 50% equity at the Shivalik Ventures Pvt. Ltd. and the same is being channeled into the developmental projects of Shivalik Ventures including the slum projects in Golibar.

WHY IS MEDHA PATKAR ON AN INDEFINITE FAST AGAIN?

Previous attempts to initiate corrective action from the government’s side have met with no success. Along with Medhatai, a large delegation of 10,000 strong from different slums in Mumbai had even marched to Azad Maidan in January to raise the issue of redevelopment. Despite this, the police and builders men entered Ganesh Krupa with impunity and razed it to the ground with a bulldozer. An indefinite fast is now the only alternative left.

WHAT ARE THE DEMANDS OF THE ANDOLAN?

  1. The enquiry in respect of 6 S.R.A. Projects, under the chairmanship of Principal secretary, Housing, is in progress since 13th January, 2013. We demand that the work in all these projects should be stopped untill the report of the enquiry is completed and actions taken on the recommendations.
  2. If demolitions are being carried out in accordnace with court rulings but the preconditions put forth are not met, main issues and allegations of corruption through forgery, fraudulent consent are not resolved etc., then in such cases project work should be stopped and no further demolitions be carried.
  3. In cases where the residents have submitted self development projects or wish to submit the same, they should be sanctioned and encourgaed and started immediately.
  4. S.R.A. Should ensure that in case of ongoing S.R.A. Projects all conditions in L.O.I. should be complied with.
  5. The L.O.I. of the developer should be withdrawn wherever the developers have submitted forged / false documents or wrong information in violation of the L.O.I – as in case of Shivalik builders.
  6. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra has agreed to implement ‘Rajeev Awas Yojana’ in the slums of Mumbai instead of S.R.A., on 2nd January, 2013. However these very slums  are being buldozed even today. So, the displacement of these slums should be stopped till R.A.Y. is implemented. The same was conveyed to the State Government by the Union Minister Ajay maken on April 2, 2013.
  7. Pilot projects in respect of slum at Mandala, Mankhurd under the R.A.Y. Have already been submiited to the state as well as Central Governments. That should be approved and implemented at the earliest.
  8. Civic amenities (like water, toilets, nallahs, roads ) should be provided to all the slums immediately as per the written assurance given by the Municipal Commissioner.
  9. The Chief Secretary had given a written assurance on 25th May, 2011 that 19 bastis as agreed in the list, after 9 day fast by Medha Patkar, will be decalred slums within 3 months. There is no action on this assurance till date. The same should be done. The Chief Minister, and the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Housing had premised again in January, 2013 to complete this action during discussions held with them. They also gave a written assurance to that effect. The displacements that are being carried out at present are, therefore, grossly unjust and hence should be stopped forthwith.
  10. Shri Ajay Maken, Minister for Housing and Urban poverty alleviation, Government of India has written a letter to the Chief Minister, Maharashtra state on 2nd April, 2013. The Chief Minister should declare his stand on the letter in writing.

11.The land of Sathe Nagar should be given for R.A.Y. . This land is currently under the hold of Bombay Soap company.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Join in large numbers at the dharna sthal in Golibar (nearest station is Khar Road, Santacruz on Western line) stand in support of the movement, spread the word to the wider public, media, and/or, cover the story yourself.

You must also write to them to address this injustice and the way lives of working class people are being put at stake in Mumbai and their rights to housing denied.

1.

Shri Prithviraj Chavan,

Chief Minister,

Government of Maharashtra,

Mantrayala, Mumbai

Ph: 022-23634950

E-mail: chiefminister@maharashtra.gov.in,

ashish.valsa@gmail.com

Shri Debashish Chakrabarty,

Principal Secretary, Housing,

Government of Maharashtra,

Mantrayala, Mumbai

Ph: 022-22023036

E-mail: psec.housing@maharashtra.gov.in

 

2.Sh. Ajay Maken

Union Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation

Phone :011 – 23061928 / 42/ 23063989 Fax : 23061780

email :ajay.maken@nic.in

 

3. Justice K G Balakrishnan

Chaiperson, National Human Rights Commission Delhi.

Fax 91-11-23384012

email : covdnhrc@nic.in, ionhrc@nic.in

 

4. Prof. Shantha Sinha, Chairperson

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights

23731583
23731584 (Fax), 
shantha.sinha@nic.in

 

5. Smt. Sonia Gandhi
10, Janpath, New Delhi.
Tel. (O) : 23792263, 23019080
Tel. (R) : 23014161, 23014481
Fax : 23018651

email : soniagandhi@sansad.nic.in

 

6. Sushma Swaraj, Leader of Oppsition

Ambala Cantt.(Haryana)
01123794344, 9868181930
sushma.swaraj@bjp.org

 

7. Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India

South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi. India-110011.

Telephone: 91-11-23012312. Fax: 91-11-23019545 / 91-11-23016857.

email : manmohan@sansad.nic.in

 

 

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Housing Minister Ajay Maken asks CM to investigate Golibar scam; demolitions instead

This morning Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan received a letter from the Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, Ajay Maken. The three page letter, which is attached here, says –

“Your decision to investigate six of the proposed or under construction projects through the Principal Secretary (Housing) was conveyed to me, which is a welcome step. I however, would request you to ensure that wherever as in these six SRS projects under enquiry, there are prima facie illegality, no irreversible damage or eviction of residents should be permitted to be done with police force – the aim soley being that of protecting the already marginalised urban poor…”

This afternoon, 18 homes in Ganesh Krupa Society, Golibar were demolished. Over 150 police officers accompanied officials from the Collector’s office as three bulldozers razed these houses to the ground. When they left this evening, they promised to be back tomorrow and the day after, with double the force to demolish the remaining 27 homes. The Chief Minister said he ‘will try and do something.’  

The Chief Minister will try and do something. The police don’t even try. They only show up when the builder wants them to. The Court ignores that the builder has broken laws. Are we fooling ourselves we live in a democracy?

 

 

 

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Bombay Hamara Shahar – Films about Bombay’s working class

On 31st May 2012, twenty-five residents of Sion Koliwada and Ambujwadi were arrested while peacefully resisting demolition of their homes.  Since then, the Koli community has been on a 24-hour vigil against further attacks. The community invites you to screenings of films about working-class Bombay. Come and watch them with us, amidst rubble, punctuated with songs of the Andolan, from under blue plastic sheets, projected on the walls we call home.

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