Land­slide fear fails to re­move res­i­dents from Par­sik tun­nel IL­LE­GAL HOUSES

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

De­spite no­tices be­ing served, the res­i­dents re­sid­ing above the Par­sik tun­nel con­tinue to live in shaky ground as both Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion and the forest de­part­ment refuse the take ac­tion.

The au­thor­i­ties gave mon­soon and lack of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion op­tions as rea­sons for not tak­ing ac­tion.

On June 21, a por­tion of the road above the Par­sik tun­nel in the hilly area of Uday Na­gar caved in, lead­ing to cracks in the re­tain­ing wall of the moun­tain.

The cor­po­ra­tion had as­sured to cut the wa­ter and elec­tric­ity con­nec­tions of these slums at the ear­li­est af­ter the land­slide threat of June 21, noth­ing though is done on this front. The TMC also al­leged that they had writ­ten to the forest de­part­ment seek­ing per­mis­sion to de­mol­ish the slums.

How­ever, there was no re­ply. The cor­po­ra­tion said the res­i­dents have even re­fused to ac­cept the no­tices send to them.

Su­nil Cha­van, act­ing civic com­mis­sioner, said: “We had is­sued no­tices. How­ever, peo­ple have re­fused to ac­cept these no­tices. We are work­ing on find­ing a way to am­i­ca­bly re­move these res­i­dents. We are still un­de­cided if we are ready to take the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion re­spon­si­bil­ity of these slums. If we do not have the ca­pac­ity to re­ha­bil­i­tate them, we can­not re­move them in mon­soon. How­ever some ac­tion will surely be taken against them af­ter mon­soon.

He said the no­tices will be force­fully im­posed on the res­i­dents if they do not ac­cept it.

“The land is forest land and we had writ­ten to them, ask­ing per­mis­sion to de­mol­ish the slums; how­ever we haven’t re­ceived any re­ply from them. We are work­ing on the con­struc­tion of the safety wall which the rail­ways have rec­om­mended,” said Cha­van.

The forest au­thor­ity claimed that they have served no­tices to the res­i­dents. Kishore Thack­ray, deputy forest con­ser­va­tor, said: “Our range forest of­fi­cer had done a sur­vey of the area and served no­tices to the peo­ple say­ing that the area is prone to land­slides in mon­soon. How­ever, it is mon­soon and we can­not re­move peo­ple from their homes in rain. We will ini­ti­ate ac­tion af­ter mon­soon.”

PRAFUL GANGURDE

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