A new police station coming up at the rapidly developing Chunabhatti area near Sion has left families of 12 police officers stranded.
The officers will have to vacate their homes in the building that will house the police station and are worried about their children’s future because they will have to move out in the middle of the academic year.
Police officers, who requested anonymity because they are not authorised to speak to the media, said the decision to set up a new police station was taken after the rapes and murders of minor girls in Kurla earlier this year.
“This police station will be housed in three floors of building number 1 D of Devratna Society, which is a part of the Mhada [Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority] colony at Chunabhatti,” a police officer said. The families were given a notice to vacate the houses in October and their deadline is November 15, the officer said.
“We will obey the order, but we should have been given more time because this is the middle of an academic year and it will affect our children’s studies,” another officer said.
Commissioner of police Sanjeev Dayal said the policemen are being given alternative accommodation. “They have been provided accommodation wherever they have asked for. These are administrative matters. Please don’t spoil the discipline of the force,” Dayal said.
Officers posted within city limits have been asked to move to the police quarters at Ghatkopar and Powai, he said. “Our children have their schools here and they will face a lot of problem commuting every day,” the officer said. “The most affected are those who are posted in either Thane or Navi Mumbai because they have no option but to move to where they are posted.”
The society is a cluster of 18 Mhada buildings of which the police department owns four buildings and uses them to house staff. “The other residents are also unhappy. They do not want a police station right in the midst of a residential colony,” the officer said.
The new police station will take over half the area under the jurisdiction of the Nehru Nagar police and will lessen the burden on the existing police station.