More than 350 families of Sreerang Sahnivas society have accused Thane Municipal Corporation of stalling its redevelopment plans, which may make them homeless.
128 out of these 350 families already are homeless as the corporation had demolished their buildings which were in a dangerous state.
The remaining buildings are also served notices and might have to relocate in the future. The residents said that if the corporation does not approve the plan soon, they will be forced to approach the Bombay High Court.
Shyamkant Desai, a resident and committee member of the society, said, “The question of redeveloping our societies is pending for almost over a decade. The earlier society administrators made a biased redevelopment plan in cahoots with a developer and submitted it to the corporation last year. It also approved the plan in the name of Sreerang Society, a body that never existed and was dissolved in 1998. We brought to light all these discrepancies, conducted fresh elections and formed a new body according to the norms of the housing society.”
The 7X12 extract of the society is now in name of Sreerang Sahniwas Co-operative Housing Soceity Limited and they claimed that as per DC norms, they have the rights to submit a proposal. “We made a fresh plan with the help of an architect wherein each of the members of all the 11 units of our society had an idea of the space allotted to them and also of the many amenities and facilities that will be provided.”
The earlier plan did not take any members into consideration, Desai claimed . They were only told each of them will get an extra room. Desai said that for the new plan, they have taken into consideration parking, reducing maintenance cost and energy efficient needs of each of the unit.
Shailesh Tarkar, another resident, added, “We have submitted the plan to the corporation. According to the law, the earlier plan was not renewed for over a year and stands cancelled, so they will have to consider ours. However the town planning department is not co-operating with us. For over six months they have not even accepted our proposal. 128 families are already homeless and several more will join them soon.”
The residents said that when the society and the land was in their name, it was their right to submit a redevelopment plan. Suniti Mokashi, another resident added, “We have not approached any builders or corporators as we are a co-opreative society and will follow the rules. Developers will be appointed only after the plans are passed through a proper tendering process. We fear that the lower level civic officials are hand in glove with the developers and thus delaying our sanction. We will meet the chief minister and also approach the high court for justice.”
There are 11 units and 26 buildings where 350 families reside.
Pradip Gohil, assistant director of town planning, said, “There were some issues between the society and the developer. Moreover, a few years ago, there was some court dispute in relation to the case. Thus we wish to tread carefully and have sent the file to our legal department. Based on their recommendation, we will take the decision on the redevelopment proposal.”