The civic body has failed to deliver on its promise to resettle 25,000 squatters encroaching pavements and walkways in the island city by December 2009. So far, it has resettled less the 25% of the squatters.
In 2007, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had decided to resettle slumdwellers living on footpaths, under the state government-led Mahatma Gandhi Path Kranti Yojna. Around 25,000 dwellers living on the island city’s 72 pavements were identified and 5,000 of them have been moved till date.
The project also involves beautifying and cleaning the area. The scheme was framed in November 2007 and was to be implemented by December 2009. The reason for not being able to shift them, BMC points out is the land of tenements.
“There are about 25,000 slums located on footpaths in the island city and around 5,000 dwellers have been rehabilitated. The rest of the work depends on the availability of the tenements to rehabilitate people,” said Rajendra Bhosale, deputy municipal commissioner, who is the project manager of the scheme.
Bhosale said the civic body was in talks with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to get more tenements.
The municipal corporation has surveyed and identified 72 pavements to be made encroachment-free but only five have been cleared in the last three to four years.
So far, the municipal corporation has partially cleared PD’Mello Road, Senapati Bapat Marg, Barrister Nath Pai Road, R.A. Kidwai Road and Zakaria
Bunder Road. Of these, slums have now again started coming up on Senapati Bapat
Marg between Dadar and Mahim and P D’Mello Road on the Harbour Line.