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State agrees to form inquiry commission

mumbai Updated: May 27, 2011 02:06 IST
Pooja Domadia

The state government, on Thursday, agreed to have a committee including civilians and government officials to investigate the alleged forgery cases involving housing societies on Golibar road at Khar.

A delegation of three members representing social activist Medha Patkar, who is on indefinite hunger strike for the last seven days, met housing minister Sachin Ahir and housing secretary Gautam Chaterjee on Thursday.

The discussion, that lasted for three hours, ended with an assurance from Ahir who promised a seven-member committee to investigate the cases in a time-bound manner. “I will discuss the issue with the CM. However, the role of the committee will be limited to societies in the Golibar area,” said Ahir.

However, Patkar did not withdraw her hunger strike because the government did not accept her demand to undertake inquiries in all controversial slum projects. “We demand that a committee be formed to inquire into all the SRA projects across the city,” said Vivek Pandit, who was a part of the delegation.

However, a written confirmation has been assured by Friday. Patkar asked for a second round of discussions. “We want second round of discussion. The CM should interfere in the matter so that a decision, which favours the people, is taken,” said Patkar.

Meanwhile, a group of residents, who vacated their houses on the instructions of the developer, have also begun a fast to counter Patkar’s fast. They said Patkar's involvement in the issue is delaying their rehabilitation.