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While Mumbai was paralysed by rains, 1000 families build homes
This has been a ten-year-long battle that the residents of Mandala have been fighting with civic authorities and the political establishment. Previous governments and authorities have made several promises including the promise of Mandala being the pilot project for the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY). Not one promise has been fulfilled. For the last 25 days, they have fasted, marched, written petitions and even staged a sit-in at the Collector’s office. Unwilling to wait any further for the government to respond, they decided it was time to build their homes and find shelter from the rains.
The police arrived at midnight, harassed residents and left. Munira, a resident of Mandala said “We settled this land when there was nothing here, how can we let the government take it from us?” Medha Patkar showed paintings that the young children of Mandala had drawn – a house with a road surrounded by greenery – and said that they had launched this satyagraha to “secure the future of these children.”
Some of the residents have been on a hunger strike protesting the government’s inaction while many others have been fasting for Ramzan. Work is on in full swing and by nightfall, residents of Mandala will have taken what is rightfully theirs.
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