The redevelopment of 11 buildings in Mahatma Phule Nagar at Saat Rasta has been put off for the moment after the Bombay high court on Friday restrained the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) from forcibly evicting 236 families living there.
Acting on a petition filed by 16 members of the colony, a vacation bench of justice PD Kode and justice Abhay Thipsay extended the protection from eviction granted to the families by the apex court on May 19. Interim relief has been granted until June 15, when the residents’ petition comes up for further hearing.
The residents had earlier moved the high court challenging eviction notices issued by the BMC between April 6 and May 2 this year. They moved the apex court after the high court refused to grant them interim relief.
Acting on their plea, the Supreme Court allowed the residents to take appropriate legal measures to challenge the eviction notices, and protected them for seven days.
Ekta (Estate) Co-operative Housing Society, the proposed society, appointed Krish Developers to redevelop its 11 buildings. However, the 16 petitioners (flat members in the 11 buildings) have been opposing the redevelopment on grounds that the developer offered them temporary alternate accommodation of barely 100 square feet each whereas most members have flats of at least 300 square feet each. The petitioners said the accommodation offered by the builder was also unhygienic and unfit for human habitation.
The members have also raised the issue of non-issuance of Annexure-II – the approved list of residents declared eligible for rehabilitation.
“Inventory for the Annexure-II was prepared in 2007 and its re-verification was done in July 2010 but despite that Annexure-II has not been issued by the respondents for reasons best known to them,” the petition states.