Residents of Ganesh Kripa Society in Khar have approached chief minister Prithviraj Chavan seeking a stay on demolition of their houses.
Members of Medha Patkar's organisation- National Alliance of People’s Movement (NAPM) and residents of Ganesh Kripa Society in Khar met Chavan on Wednesday to get a stay on demolition and attempt to change the developer, Shivalik builders.
The residents opposing redevelopment had written a letter to Chavan requesting his intervention in the matter. “Chavan gave a verbal stay order against the demolition and assured the residents of action,” said Simpreet Singh, member, NAPM.
The authorities however said they were not aware of any stay. “I am not aware of any order from the chief minister,” said Nirmal Deshmukh, collector, Mumbai Suburbs.
SS Zende, chief executive officer of SRA said, “I am not directly connected with this matter and hence cannot comment on it.”
Prakash Azgaonkar, director, Shivalik Venture said there was no question of a stay-order against the demolition as the Bombay High Court itself had ordered to vacate the houses before October 30th so the project could be built. Meanwhile, demolition of houses has stopped.
Ganesh Kripa Society, which has 180 houses, is slated to be demolished for a cluster development project being built by Shivalik Ventures.
On Wednesday, policemen along with the deputy collector and tehsildar had come to arrest Prerna Gaikwad, leader of Ganesh Kripa Society and demolish the houses. The residents say they did not allow them to do so.
“Now we are conducting a signature campaign among the Jawahar Nagar residents to cancel the Letter of Intent (LOI) given to the developer,” said Devan Nair, resident. There are 69 societies in Jawahar Nagar.
The residents have also planned to go on an indefinite hunger strike if no action is taken against the builder to protect their houses.