A day after a 27-year-old Kalwa slum dweller died after being electrocuted, the district administration is planning to help the bereaved family.
The family met the Thane taluka tehsildar, Krishna Jadhav, on Wednesday.
“We have sent a proposal to the state to provide Rs 2 lakh compensation to the family from the chief minister’s relief fund. It is for the state to decide,” Jadhav said.
Vijay Avsarmol and his family resided in the Bhimnagar slums that were demolished by the Thane district Collector’s office last week. The Collector’s office had been ordered by the high court to remove encroachments on public land.
Avsarmol died after he stepped on a live wire while putting up a tent on Tuesday. Avsarmol’s mother Kantibai, 48, alleged that she had lost her son due to the government’s negligence.
Avsarmol’s father Tanaji, 50, had even applied to district collector AL Jarhad asking for rehabilitation for 30 families rendered homeless due to the demolitions.
The family refused to cremate Avsarmol’s body till their demands were met.
Kantibai, who works as a cleaner at the collector’s office, said, “I lost my 27-year-old son because of the demolitions. The state should do something for people like us.”
Meanwhile, Congress’s Thane district president, Balkrishna Purnekar, filed an application through his NGO with the high court for rehabilitation of people whose houses were demolished.
“Nearly 15 lakh people will be homeless if demolitions continue. I have requested the court to give directions to the government to rehabilitate people on humanitarian grounds. Slums prior to 1995 are already protected and the state is planning to bring pre-2000 slums into the policy as well.”
He added, “Why can’t they just add 10 more years to it and rehabilitate people living in slums till October 2010.
Moreover, people who are responsible for these illegal constructions should be brought to book.
A law should also be formulated in such a manner that people will think twice before laying a brick illegally,” Purnekar said.