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STATE EMPLOYEES PUT UP A FIGHT AS STATE EYES BIG MOOLAH IN GOVERNMENT COLONY RE-DEVELOPMENT PROJECT AT BANDRA

The public works department has prepared the blueprint for one of the biggest makeovers of state-owned property – the 120-acre Government Colony at Bandra. However, the employees who have been working with the state for over four decades are fighting that they be given homes permanently. Developers have been eyeing the sprawling 120-acre Government Colony at Bandra for a long time. Several have been making the rounds of Mantralaya armed with presentations on how they plan to redevelop the plot. The colony was built between 1958 and 1968. It has over 5,000 flats to house state government employees. Over the years, the conditions of the buildings have deteriorated. Residents began raising their voice demanding a makeover when the colony was under five to eight feet of water in the deluge of July 26, 2005. A long time resident of the quarters informed NMTV News that the state wants to make their quarters a massive re-development project where the builder can have flats for commercial profits too but all the residents want are permanent houses for them. They say that they are nearly four decade old employees of the state and if the government can give homes to slum dwellers then why not the employees. According a PWD official, over 32 lakh sq ft construction is possible on the sprawling property, considering 2.5 FSI permissible for the redevelopment of government colonies. However, with employees at the government colony disagreeing with the state, the conditions of the buildings are becoming deteriorating by the day. Looks like the PWD Dept. that knows the moolah at stake in the project will not let go off such prime property to remain only as a government colony. With cameraperson Lahu Konde, Hansraj Kanojia for NMTV News.

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