Residents of Ganesh Krupa society in Golibar, Khar East have been fighting to save their homes from builders Shivalik Ventures and corrupt government officials who want to illegally take over their land for redevelopment under SRA (Slum Redevelopment Auhtority) scheme.
On January 20th, MHADA officials and hundreds of police officers came to demolish their houses citing a court order. What they ignored was that the court had also directed the builder to provide habitable transit camps, registered agreements, and rehabilitation within 500m of their current homes. None of these conditions have been met.
On the contrary, Shivalik Ventures has encroached on Air Force land to construct rehabilitation housing for the residents. The Air Force has taken the builder to court on this matter.
The builder also forged signatures of the residents on a consent letter. The police only filed an FIR after the High Court directed them to do so. They have also failed to submit on time, findings of an enquiry into the matter. As a result the residents have filed a petition for contempt of court.