Residents of Ganesh Kripa society in Khar, along with social activist Medha Patkar, barged into the controversial Adarsh building premises on Tuesday for an indefinite period of time, saying they will not leave till their voice is heard. About 200 people, whose houses are being demolished in Khar, staged the protests, questioning why their houses were being razed while no action was taken even after Centre ordered the demolition of the controversial building.
“We will stay in the Adarsh premises till there is a stay order on the demolition of our houses. This is a revolutionary movement against the nexus of the politicians and the builders in this city,” said social activist Vivek Pandit.
For Prerna Gaikwad, resident of the Khar society, the protest shows the unity between the residents. “We are prepared to face any consequence. We deserve justice and we will stay here till we get it,” said Gaikwad.
The 140-acre land on the Golibar road has been given to a developer, Shivalik Ventures, for slum redevelopment. Residents of Ganesh Kripa society, which is part of the slum, have accused the builder of forgery and forceful demolition. About 300 families have been affected by the demolition that started last month.
“The redevelopment should happen with the consent of the residents. The Khar residents have never opposed the redevelopment but it should happen legally, not on the basis of corruption and fraud,” said Medha Patkar, who led the agitation.