Don’t bull­doze houses, give us bet­ter ameni­ties: Slum dwellers

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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