All hell broke loose when NMMC officials with Navi Mumbai police reached Gulmohar Housing Society in Vashi. 23 JN Type dilapidated CIDCO homes that form Gulmohar at Sector 9 have been declared as highly unsafe for human occupancy. NMMC has been sending notices to residents asking them to vacate the premises lest any untoward accident claiming lives cannot be ruled out. The action led to one of the worst public outcry seen in Navi Mumbai’s history and women, especially senior citizens were forcefully pulled and high tension prevailed as hundreds of residents went up in arms against NMMC officials and even police. They even landed at the NMMC HQ in protest. Local citizens and activists have termed this sudden development as “motivated action” by some interested builders and politicians by misusing the civic administration. NMTV caught up with NMMC Commissioner, Dr Ramaswamy N, under whose final decisions the action was initiated on Gulmohar Society.
GULMOHAR SOCIETY IS “VERY DANGEROUS FOR HUMAN OCCUPANCY”
In an interview with NMTV on action against Gulmohar Society, NMMC Commissioner Dr Ramaswamy N said that they did not go after the 23 buildings of Gulmohar on purpose but only because in its present condition, Gulmohar is highly dangerous for human occupancy.
“NOTICES WERE SERVED WAY IN ADVANCE”
The Supreme Court has issued guidelines that people cannot be evicted after June 1, due to advent of monsoon. The Commissioner justified the NMMC action stating that notices of impending action by NMMC was given to residents a month ago.
“NMMC GENERAL BODY REJECTED TRANSIT CAMPS PROPOSAL”
The Commissioner added that while they have given permission for transit camps, they also had brought a proposal on transit camps to general body but the ruling party rejected it.
TYPE TEXT OF CONCLUSION Post the incident, politicians made a beeline to meet citizens including former Minister Ganesh Naik and Belapur MLA Manda Mhatre. What is unfortunate is that had leaders of Navi Mumbai taken an aggressive stand on redevelopment of dilapidated CIDCO homes when the issue started 20 years ago, citizens living in inhuman and dangerous conditions would not have been battling for a roof on their heads today.
Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.