Bhendi bazaar peace march to ‘evict’ 700 tenants

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The Saifee Burhani Uplift­ment Trust (SBUT) took out a peace march through the con­gested area, home to scores of old and di­lap­i­dated build­ings. The march saw the par­tic­i­pa­tion of chil­dren from the neigh­bour­hood to urge around 700 tenants who are yet to move out to make up their mind on shift­ing.

Last year’s Hus­saini build­ing col­lapse that claimed 33 lives has prod­ded the SBUT to iden­tify old and di­lap­i­dated build­ings and take up their de­mo­li­tion. Since the tragedy SBUT has been is­su­ing no­tices to tenants of old and di­lap­i­dated build­ings to va­cate vol­un­tar­ily or be forcibly evicted. MHADA of­fi­cials said that if tenants do not va­cate, they would be forced to seek po­lice in­ter­ven­tion to move them out. “We iden­ti­fied 250 old and di­lap­i­dated build­ings. So far we have de­mol­ished over a hun­dred build­ings but there are more than a hun­dred oth­ers that are still oc­cu­pied, with res­i­dents re­fus­ing to move though we have in­creased the (tran­sit) rent to Rs 30,000 per month and are giv­ing two years rent in ad­vance,” said a SBUT spokesper­son.

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