Social activist Medha Patkar continued her hunger strike for the second consecutive day on Saturday to oppose the demolition of Ganeshkripa Society at Khar by the suburban collector’s office.
Patkar has been on an indefinite hunger strike from Friday, while five slum representatives are on a one-day fast to support Patkar in the cause.
“All our demands were discussed with the chief minister in a meeting on April 5 and a memorandum has been submitted. Our demand is to implement the Rajiv Gandhi Awas Yojana in all the slums,” said Patkar. The 3K clause should be cancelled and therefore all slum redevelopment projects under it should also be cancelled. Since the society is part of the 3K project, demolition should be stopped immediately,” Patkar added.
Under Section 3K of the Slum Act, a builder who is the first claimant on the slum land gets to redevelop it.
The other demands are to review the entire Slum Rehabilitation Authority scheme and introduce a new scheme for slum redevelopment.
Patkar also wants the cut-off date for water supply in slums to be done away with.
The suburban collector’s office demolished 11 houses in Ganeshkripa Society on Thursday, while 18 houses were demolished on Friday after which Patkar announced her decision to go on a hunger strike.
On Saturday, officials said that none of the remaining houses were demolished and no police action has been initiated.