Setback for Mahul residents as SC stays order against Maharashtra govt

Written by SabrangIndia | Published on: May 24, 2019

After more than a year of struggle by the people of Mahul demanding relocation, the government had lost the case in Bombay HC in April when the court directed the govt to pay rent of Rs. 15000 to Mahul residents and other project affected persons (PAPs).


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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the Bombay High Court order directing BMC and the Maharashtra government to pay reparations to Mahul residents.



India's richest civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had decided to move the Supreme Court of India against the order. Newly-appointed BMC commissioner Praveen Pardeshi had confirmed earlier that the civic body would approach the apex court against the order.
 
After more than a year of struggle by the people of Mahul demanding relocation, the government had lost the case in Bombay HC in April when the court directed the govt to pay rent of Rs. 15000 to Mahul residents and other project affected persons (PAPs).
 
The Court had directed the govt to pay a monthly rent of Rs. 15000 and a deposit of Rs. 45000 as long as the finding of NGT regarding pollution remain intact.
 
Mahul was declared unfit for Human habitation by NGT in 2015 as well as IIT, Bombay this year, in spite of this, the Government of Maharashtra was adamant to not move people out of Mahul. Now, the Court order is binding on the govt.
 
“Municipal corporation has been directed to take consent of the people whoever wants to opt for rent and submit the estimated amount to the state government so that the govt can release the fund to the corporation which in turn will deposit the yearly amount to the bank account of Mahul residents and other PAPs. After receiving the amount, Mahul residents will have to vacate their houses within one month and acquire a house on rent elsewhere,” National Alliance of People’s Movements had said in a statement.