April 11, 2013, Mumbai: 8th day of the indefinite fast by Medha Patkar and Madhuri Shivkar. Early in the day Slum dwellers and supporters in Mumbai reached to the houses of their respective MLAs and MPs and demonstrated outside of their houses. Hundreds of Slum Dwellers from Mandala, Mankhurd barged to the house of Sanjay Dina Patil, MP and started fast there itself until he talks to the Chief Minister to intervene in the matter. Medha ji’s is growing weaker every day but her health remained stable during the day. Signs of weakness can be seen in her health but spirit and strength is still high.
Supporters kept coming from different parts of Maharashtra and other states to the fast site extending their solidarity to the fast and to the people. Manav Kamble, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Prasad Bagwe, Karla, Ibrahim Bhai, Pimpri – Chinchwad, Anjali Damania, Pune, P. K. Das and Gurvir Singh, Niwara Haq Samiti, Kumar Prashant, Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal, Tanushree, Gujrat, Dr. Sanjay Nagral, Kailash Furari, Jalna, Swapnil and Priyadarshan from Nashik, Adv. Haider and Adv. Khayam, Prof. Om Damania, IIT, Mumbai, Urmila Pawar, Dalit Mahila Sangathan, Santosh Surve, Jan Jagruti Vidyarthi Sangh and others extended their solidarity by visiting the fast site. Tarun Mandal, MP, LokSabha Extended his Solidarity with the Struggle. Arvind Kejriwal, Leader, Aam Admi Party and Mahashweta Devi, Writer extended their support too.
Aruna Roy, Social Activist and Member, National Advisory Council wrote to Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, Ajay Maken, Minister of Housing and Poverty Alleviation and Sh. Pritviraj Chauhan, Chief Minister, Maharashtra asking for urgent intervention in the matter. And she asked Mrs. Gandhi to resolve the issue in a democratic manner and to take up the matter within the United Progressive Alliance to evolve consensus and ensure that state government actions are in conformity with the stated policy of the Central government.
Late in the evening yesterday on the 7th day of the Indefinite fast i.e. on 10th April, 2013, Sh. Nirmal Deshmukh, CEO, SRA called for a meeting with delegation from the fast site to discuss on the demands. Addl. Collector (Encroachment), Mr. Thackrey, Secretary, SRA, Mr. Milind Bohrikar, Sub-Registrar, SRA and other concerned officers from SRA (Slum Redevelopment Authority) were present during the discussion with the delegation by CEO, SRA.
1. Discussion started from Ganesh krupa Society Redevelopment Plan. The society has already paid amount of Rs. 5 lakh 4 Thousand towards the cost of land to the Collector in 2003. As per records the land belongs to the society. The Society now demands for self development. CEO, SRA agreed in principle on this and has agreed to talk to the Chief Minister and Principal Secretary, Housing on this.
2. CEO, SRA has agreed to the demand to stop demolition till the enquiry of the 6 societies are going on under the Principal Secretary, Housing.
3. He has even agreed to talk to the Chief Minister and Principal Secretary, Housing on the issue of Slum Declaration and Providing civic amenities to the bastis and implementation of Rajiv Awas Yojana for 21 bastis.
The delegation has demanded to take Mandala in Mumbai as the Pilot project for Rajiv Awas Yojana.
Corruption from the side of SRA can be clearly seen from the SRA side regarding the land transaction of GaneshKrupa Society of Golibar. In 2003, the Society paid the money to the govt. and the land now belongs to the residents of the society. This was clearly admitted by the SRA when they met the delegation yesterday. “When the land belongs to the residents of the Society, how the Shivalik ventures can demolish the houses built over it” said by the residents of the Society. In 1997, this matter has been published in the gazetteer of Maharashtra which supports the claim.
Unless and until the Chief Minister, Principal Secretary(Housing), and CEO, SRA talks to the protesters, fast will Continue at Golibar, Mumbai.
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