Don’t bulldoze houses, give us better amenities: Slum dwellers
CBD BELAPUR: The Rashtriya Niwara Parishad (RNP) through a morcha to City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) earlier this week demanded that the poor residing in the slums of Cidco’s Panvel area and Navi Mumbai cannot be denied their basic rights and be rehabilitated instead of their slums being demolished.
Slum dwellers residing in the region participated in large numbers in the rally led by RNP Maharashtra president Mahesh Jagtap.
They demanded that as a part of social justice for the welfare of the people, water, electricity, toilets and other such facilities be provided to the slum dwellers.
“We have been fighting for the region’s slum dwellers’ rights for the past one year. Cidco has however, consistently ignored their plight. The government too has not done much to improve their condition,” said Jagtap.
He said: “While Cidco does not take immediate action against illegal places of worship and illegal buildings, it regularly undertakes drives
against slums taking away the shelter of these poor people.”
Vasundhara Suryavanshi, a protestor, said, “If our basic rights as citizens of the country are denied, how are we supposed to survive?”
She added, “While the government says it will provide houses to the poor, Cidco is busy destroying the homes that they have.”
Cidco officials refused to comment on the demands.
While the government says it will provide houses to the poor, Cidco is busy destroying our homes. If our basic rights are denied, how are we supposed to survive. VASUNDHARA SURYAVANSHI, protester
Protesters gather outside the City and Industrial Developmental Corporation (Cidco) headquarters.