Hundreds continue living in Thane’s landslide-prone areas
Like every year, TMC only gave eviction notice to those living in 26 landslide-prone areas
THANE: Even as the Thane Municipal Corporation is taking steps to vacate dangerous buildings for residents’ safety, it has ignored the lakhs of people living in landslide-prone areas.
L i k e e v e r y y e a r, the municipal corporation and the forest authority have only sent eviction notices to the slum dwellers before monsoon, but no steps are taken to ensure they are shifted.
S u r r o u n d e d by forest, mountains and hills near Mumbra and Kalwa, there are 26 landslide-prone areas across the city. Thousands of residents reside in the hilly terrains of Mumbra, Lokmanya Nagar and Atkoneshwar Nagar in Kalwa.
The residents have been living in the landslide-prone areas for years, risking their lives.
A civic official, requesting anonymity, said, “All landslideprone areas are under the forest department jurisdiction which has the authority to remove the ille gal slums. Moreover, they have also not bothered to fence the areas to prevent constructions from mushrooming. We have sent them eviction notices, but we have no right to evict them.”
The official added that no survey has been conducted of the people living in these 26 landslide-prone areas.
Neither the TMC nor the forest department has the data on the number of people living in the 26 landslide-prone areas.
The maximum numbers of landslide areas are in Railadevi ward —12.
Thousands of illegal houses have come up in Wagale Estate, Atkoneshwar Nagar, Poundpada and Bhaskar nagar in Kalwa and the Mumbra bypass region.
T h e re s i d e n t s a re a l s o provided water and electricity connections through the elected representatives and so they continue living here.
The slums are set up illegally by digging the mountains and loosening the mountain soil, making the area prone to sandslides and landslides.
An official from the forest department, requesting anonymity, said, “We have given notices of eviction to the residents. We have demolished some structures before monsoon. However, the slums have been here for over 20 years. It won’t be possible to vacate all them in one monsoon. Lakhs of people will be homeless. We can only issue notices at the moment.”
We have demolished some structures before monsoon. However, the slums have been here for over 20 years. It won’t be possible to vacate all them in one monsoon. Lakhs of people will be homeless. FOREST OFFICIAL
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