Around 180 families from the Ganesh Krupa Society in Khar (East) have been protesting against shifting into transit camps, which they allege have only 50 vacant homes and are not hygienic.
The families have to be moved as their current society, which is on 140 acres of land, are being redeveloped by Shivalik Ventures.
The society comprises of 370 families, of which most families have moved taken rental payments offered by the builder. Around 180 families, who demanded transit accommodation, have been asked to shift into the transit camps.
“We asked them to provide us with transit camps on a football ground, which is under Shivalik Builders, but they are not ready. Instead, they have asked us to go to a dirty place, which has only 40-50 homes,” said Devan Nair, a resident.
The Bombay High Court had set October 30 as the deadline for residents to vacate the place. The Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) had tried to demolish the homes from November 9-11, but had to stop after locals from the surrounding areas protested against the demolition.
The builder, however, said that the locals are violating the high court order and not vacating the premises.
“We have followed the course of law and are offering them the required number of transit camps, but they still aren’t ready to move, which would be contempt of court,” said Prakash Azgaonkar, owner of Shivalik Ventures.
When asked about the hygiene conditions in the transit camp, Azgaonkar said adequate steps have been taken to keep the tenements clean, but even those who reside in the neighbourhood should maintain cleanliness.
The residents allege that fake consent letters were submitted to the authorities in their names. It was only after the court orders that an FIR was filed at the Nirmal Nagar police station against the builder. No action has been taken since then.
Senior police inspector Prashant Bagade said, “We have already filed an FIR and our investigations are on. We will take necessary action when we are done with our inquiry.”