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

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Megha Pol

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

PRAFUL GANGURDE

Slums have mush­roomed in Don­gri­pada in the past few years.

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