Kids can fi­nally feel at home while giv­ing their ex­ams

The young res­i­dents of Ma­ha­laxmi Sadan are no longer in dan­ger of be­ing evicted from their homes in the mid­dle of their ex­ams, thanks to the in­ter­ven­tion of a se­nior MHADA of­fi­cial

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THIS pa­per had re­ported yes­ter­day that with se­mes­ter ex­ams just around the cor­ner, around 30 chil­dren liv­ing at Ma­ha­laxmi Sadan were liv­ing in the fear of los­ing their homes. The 25 fam­i­lies re­sid­ing in the build­ing only have a cou­ple of days to obey a no­tice is­sued to them by the Ma­ha­rash­tra Af­ford­able Hous­ing and De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (MHADA), in­struct­ing them to va­cate the build­ing and move to Go­rai.

The no­tice, is­sued on Oc­to­ber 8, had given them a week to leave the build­ing, to make way for Metro III con­struc­tion nearby. The res­i­dents were up­set that MHADA had asked them to leave with­out any as­sur­ances about what would hap­pen to them once the Metro work was com­pleted. More­over, they had been asked to shift all the way to Go­rai, which would have dis­rupted their lives and that of their chil­dren, all of whom at­tend schools in cen­tral or south Mum­bai.

With time run­ning out, they had vis­ited the MHADA of­fice, as well as Mum­bai Board chair­man Madhu Cha­van, where they were again asked to ap­proach MHADA of­fi­cials. How­ever, on Fri­day, dur­ing a press meet at the MHADA head of­fice in Ban­dra, Ghos­alkar an­nounced that the hous­ing author­ity would not evict the res­i­dents un­til a hear­ing is held.

Re­lief, at last

“We un­der­stand that shift­ing will be­come a prob­lem for their chil­dren, and they de­serve a chance to be heard. Ir­re­spec­tive of which of­fi­cer gave them the no­tice, they will not be moved with­out a proper hear­ing, and cer­tainly not within seven days,” said Ghos­alkar, the chair­man of MHADA’s re­pair and re­con­struc­tion board.

How­ever, the res­i­dents seemed un­aware of this de­ci­sion. Ravin­dra Sa­hani, one of the in­hab­i­tants of the build­ing, said, “We are still not aware of this, but we will def­i­nitely reach out to the chair­man and ask him for in­ter­ven­tion as the no­tice pe­riod ends in two days. Ac­cord­ing to the no­tice, we will be evicted from our houses us­ing po­lice force, and this is our ma­jor worry. We don’t want to lose our houses with­out any as­sur­ance about what will hap­pen to us in the fu­ture.”

The build­ing was de­clared in dan­ger of vi­bra­tions from the Metro con­struc­tion nearby

mid-day’s re­port yes­ter­day

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