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Struggle of Basti Dwellers and Working Class Intensifies at Azad Maidan

Maharashtra Government Continues to Buck Responsibility

MumbaiJanuary 7 : Government of Maharashtra today also failed to respond to the rightful demands of housing of thousands of urban poor and lower middle class working people of Mumbai. Anshan of 30 representatives from various slums continues, so does the sit-in by thousands at Azad Maidan. Today Azad Maidan was packed with more than 8,000 people demanding their right to dignified housing and right to land. Even as government refuses to address the issues, more and more people are joining the dharna everyday and mood remained upbeat and slogans ofwe shall fight, we shall win continued to reverberate.

In spite of Azad Maidan being so near to Mantralaya, no official or representative of Government has come even once to have a dialogue with people or to receive the memos prepared by citizens of Mumbai who have every right to demand answers to questions that concern their lives. This raises some serious doubts about Government’s intentions to consider the problems and hardships faced by the majority of the citizens of Mumbai.

A delegation also went and briefed the State Human Rights Commission on the prevailing situation in the bastis where basic human rights are being violated everyday due to illegal demolitions, evictions and land grab by powerful builders. A similar complaint was also lodged with the National human Rights Commission.

The Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, on its 7th day, showed solidarity and extended its support to the protest rally of Jain community of Mumbai, here at Azad Maidan, to condemn the recent attacks on Jain Temples and saints. GBGB strongly believes in non-violence and has taken up the path of Satyagrah to demand the rights of the people.

Support to the struggle continued to pour in from all over the country. Shri Ramdas Athavale of RPI, Smt. Ruksana Siddqui of Samajwadi Party came to Azad Maidan and supported the demands of implementation of Rajeev Awas Yojana and investigation into massive corruption by the builders which has led to serious deprivation and violation of rights of thousands. Many other senior activists also came to strengthen the Andolan and lent their voices of solidarity.

People are determined to continue and even intensify the struggle until the demands are fulfilled.

Medha Patkar, Jamil bhai, Mohan Chavan, Madhuri Shivkar, Madhuri Variyath, Sumit Wajale, Santosh Thorat, Sandeep Yevale, Kishor Kardak, Girija Bahen,  Prabhakar Narkar, Shilpa Sabale, Kamlesh S S, Siraj, Umar bhai, Shabbir Deshmukh

 

Organised by : Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, Janta Jagruti Manch, Shahar Vikas Manch, Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar Bachao Samiti, Nagari Niwara Haq Samiti, Waghini Sangathan, SRA Sangharsh Samiti, Bruhanmumbai Niwara Samanvaya Samiti

 

Affiliates of  National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements

 

Contact: Madhuri Shivkar 09892143242 | Madhuri Wariyath 09820619174 | Sumit Wajale 09967875999 | Sandeep Yevale 09819307419

Previous Press Releases on this campaign :

Ghar Bachao Andolan Exposes Massive Land Scam and Corruption in Mumbai Slums, Sit in Continues in…

Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan Continues, Thousands Continue their Sit-in at Azad Maidan, Mumbai

Thousands of Mumbaikars March towards Mantralaya Claiming Dignity and Equal Rights to City

A Sea of people marched on Streets of Mumbai to reach Mantralaya

Thousands of Mumbai’s Urban Poor to begin new year with long march on foot to Mantrayala

 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE-6TH DAY slumdwellers Fast ,No Response from the Govt, Media Blacksout


RELAY FAST CONTINUES AT AZAD MAIDAN, NO RESPONSE FROM GOVERNMENT

           SUPPORT FROM ALL OVER COUNTRY

 

 

January 5, Mumbai : Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan agitation entered its 6th day today with 30 representatives from various slums of Mumbai, who had been fasting for the last 24 hours, broke their fast and the next 30 representatives began their fast. People who observed fast, with only water to drink, spoke passionately about the need to struggle against injustices happening to them in their bastis and middle class localities .  Shri Ajay Palande, from  Jogeshwari Indira Nagar, while breaking his fast, shouted the slogan “ Bhooke pyaase Ladenge, Andolan Chalayenge”. “We are trapped in the cruel web of SRA- Builders- duplicate notices- lack of basic amenities- fake allotments and have been fighting for the last 12 years. Now we wont go anywhere, they( the Government) have to come to hear us”, said Smt. Kanta Behen from Chandiwali. Today Shri Rashi Azmi from All India Milli Council,  Smt. Anita Vyas from Ambujwadi, Smt. Sabrunnisa Saha from Adarsh Nagar, Shri. Lakhan Mandal from Mandala, Smt. Gauri from Malwani 8. no., Moh. Shamim Ansari, and 24 others from different slums and middle class localities are fasting for their land rights and right to dignified housing.

 While there has been no response from the Government today also, people are determined to continue their agitation. Letters of appeal to the Government and the Centre are being drafted by the people and the supporters to take immediate decisions and interventions on the demands of the Andolan.Support from various organisations, senior activists and students is coming from all over the country which has intensified the energy and increased the enthusiasm of Andolankaris here at Azad MaidanSmt. Surekha Dalvi, Smt. Indavi Tulpade, Shri. Rambhau Wadu from Adivasi Sangathan and Shoshit Jan Andolan, Shri Byaneshwar Shedge and Shri Gyanoba Bhikule from Mosekhore Bachao Jan Andolan (fighting Lavasa)and many others came to show their solidarity with and strengthen the Andolan

 

Medha Patkar, Jamil bhai, Mohan Chavan, Madhuri Shivkar, Madhuri Variyath, Sumit Wajale, Santosh Thorat, Sandeep Yevale, Kishor Kardak, Girija Bahen, Prabhakar Narkar, Shilpa Sabale, Kamlesh S S, Siraj, Umar bhai, Shabbir Deshmukh

Organised by : Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, Janta Jagruti Manch, Shahar Vikas Manch, Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar Bachao Samiti, Nagari Niwara Haq Samiti, Waghini Sangathan, SRA Sangharsh Samiti, Bruhanmumbai Niwara Samanvaya Samiti

Affiliates of National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements

Contact: Madhuri Shivkar 09892143242 | Madhuri Wariyath 09820619174 | Sumit Wajale 09967875999 | Sandeep Yevale 09819307419

 

Previous Press Releases on this campaign :

Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan Continues, Thousands Continue their Sit-in at Azad Maidan, Mumbai

Thousands of Mumbaikars March towards Mantralaya Claiming Dignity and Equal Rights to City

A Sea of people marched on Streets of Mumbai to reach Mantralaya

Thousands of Mumbai’s Urban Poor to begin new year with long march on foot to Mantrayala

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press Release- Massive Corruption in Mumbai SRA projects exposed


Ghar Bachao Andolan Exposes the Land Scam and Corruption in Mumbai Slums, Sit in Continues in Azad Maidan

2,715 fake houses found in SRA, illegal sale of which amounts to Rs 1,023 Crore

Land being appropriated amounting to Rs 7,411 Crore

An Alternative Draft of the Sexual Harassment Bill Released

Mumbai, 4th January: Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, with National Alliance of People’s Movements, has always maintained that the Slum Rehabilitation projects are the breeding ground for corruption. With the nexus of builder-politician-bureaucrats, they have been creating havoc by evicting people in name of rehabilitation and have neither given alternative houses nor any right to land whether belonging to Central Government or State Government or a private party; where they have been residing for decades. If the people question or demand to see the list of residents or details of plan and land use, they are traced and harassed, even filed cases against.

In fact it is because of huge vested interest in such schemes which is so strong, that the nexus is not ready to do away with their huge profit. The worst part, however, is that in spite of being officially eligible for huge profit invested in the scheme, the elite nexus has become the open ground for further irregularities and gained much more fraudulent land through corruption.

Our own investigation in only some of the SRA projects suggest a massive scam with top builders involved in this loot where the land has been appropriated without people’s consent. Moreover, they have also also included fake allottees in the list of ‘to be rehabilitated’ families, which are sold in open market to outsider ineligible persons. Each of these amounts to earning crores of rupees by the builders and their associate politicians and others.

Our investigations in 9 projects alone show a corruption of 7,411 Crore, in some cases whole land has been appropriated illegally and flats sold, flouting all norms and laws.

Massive Corruption in SRA Scheme and Total Cost

Name

Area in Sq feet

Price per Sq feet

Total Cost

1

Antop Hill, 8 Housing Societies

8,29,327

15,000

12,43,99,05,000

2

Antop Hill, 7 Housing Societies

2,62,544

15000

3,93,81,60,000

3

Majaswadi, 22 Housing Socities, 22 Housing Socities, Jogeshwari

379516.67

15000

5,69,27,50,050

4

Babasaheb Ambedkar nagar (Mulund)

172967

16000

2,76,74,72,000

5

Lokmanya nagar (Parel)

109928

35000

3,84,74,80,000

6

Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar (Chembur)    740520

14000

10,36,72,80,000

7

Ramanagar – 18 Housing Societies, Ghatkopar

535000

15000

8,02,50,00,000

8

Sio, Koliwada

116100

22000

2,55,42,00,000

9

Golibar, Khar

1883000

13000

24,47,90,00,000

TOTAL

74,11,12,47,050

Corruption Due to Sale of Fake Allottee Houses in SRA

Name

No of Families in Fake List

Cost of the 269 Sq feet House

Total

1

622 fake cases in 8 Socities of Antop Hill, of which 300 to go to the builder

622

40 Lakh

2,48,80,00,000

2

All affidavits are fake in Antop Hill 7 Housing Socities, people have demanded cancellation of Annexure 2

976

40 Lakh

3,90,40,00,000

3

Babasaheb Ambedkar Nagar (Mulund)

127

45 Lakh

57,15,00,000

4

Golibar (Khar)

690

30 Lakh

2,07,00,00,000

5

Ramnagar (Ghatkopar)

300

40 Lakh

1,20,00,00,000

TOTAL

 

10,23,35,00,000

It is the people’s struggle that has challenged this and even stalled the so called progress even if facing atrocities by them. We will continue to challenge them at every level.

Thousands of people on the fourth day continued to sit in Azad Maidan, demanding written time bound commitment from the Chief Minister. Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan also released an alternative draft endorsed by National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), titled “The Prevention of Atrocities Against Women and Establishment of Special Courts Act, 2012”. It was released by women from bastis who are the real victims and also the real champions and who shared their experiences from ground regarding the struggle that women go through in slums and otherwise.

Murzban Shroff, author and supporter of the Andolan recited his powerful poem, “Who are the real Rapists?” on the occasion of the release of the Bill. The poem talks about the fact that not only individuals, but also corrupt and exploitative system rapes. And it is not only women who are raped but also those disadvantaged people who are deprived of their rights. Depriving someone of their rights is also a form of rape. And therefore, all those who are demanding their rights of land and housing are fighting the rapists.

Medha Patkar, Jamil bhai, Mohan Chavan, Madhuri Shivkar, Madhuri Variyath, Sumit Wajale, Santosh Thorat, Sandeep Yevale, Kishor Kardak, Girija Bahen, Prabhakar Narkar, Shilpa Sabale, Kamlesh S S, Siraj, Umar bhai, Shabbir Deshmukh

Organised by : Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, Janta Jagruti Manch, Shahar Vikas Manch, Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar Bachao Samiti, Nagari Niwara Haq Samiti, Waghini Sangathan, SRA Sangharsh Samiti, Bruhanmumbai Niwara Samanvaya Samiti

Affiliates of National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements

Contact: Madhuri Shivkar 09892143242 | Madhuri Wariyath 09820619174 | Sumit Wajale 09967875999 | Sandeep Yevale 09819307419

Previous Press Releases on this campaign :

Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan Continues, Thousands Continue their Sit-in at Azad Maidan, Mumbai

Thousands of Mumbaikars March towards Mantralaya Claiming Dignity and Equal Rights to City

A Sea of people marched on Streets of Mumbai to reach Mantralaya

Thousands of Mumbai’s Urban Poor to begin new year with long march on foot to Mantrayala

 

Immediate Release-Medha Patkar and Seven Others Arrested While Opposing Evictions


English: Medha Patkar in Sasthamkotta

English: Medha Patkar in Sasthamkotta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Women and Children Beaten and Harassed by Mumbai Police Force

Demolitions Continue in Sion Koliwada and Ambujwadi and so does Resistance

Mumbai, May 29 : In a brazen violation of the traditional rights of
the fisherfolks in Sion Koliwada Mumbai police and BMC has started
demolishing homes of the people since morning today. Amid heavy police
presence they started demolishing the homes occupied by the Koli
community. There has been court cases going against the redevelopment
plan which is fraught with corruption and irregularities. False
consent has been shown by the community, signatures have been forged
of the people, who are not even alive and other such irregularities
abound in the project. Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan have been
opposing the plans for evictions and demolitions. The development
project is being implement by builder Sudhakar Reddy, who is a
prominent devotee of Baba Ramdev and are accused of colluding in the
illegality along with BMC.

In morning when the demolition squads arrived accompanied by a large
police force then residents came out in huge numbers led by Medha
Patkar and stood in front of the JCBs and Bulldozers. Police beat up
and harassed those resisting demolitions. Male police was involved in
beating and molesting women protesters too. As we write this the
demolitions continue and so does the resistance from people.
Meanwhile, Medha Patkar and seven others have been arrested by the
Mumbai police on charges of obstructing public officials.

At this time demolitions are also being fiercely resisted by people in
Ambujwadi, Malad where many homes of were demolished earlier as well.

Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan – NAPM have been leading the struggle
for a long time now in Mumbai and more specifically in these areas. We
are hopeful that the people’s struggle will resist fiercely the land
grab by the builders in connivance with the state machinery. We will
expose the irregularities as we have done in the case of Adarsh
Housing Society, Hiranandani Gardens, Golibar SRA by Shivalik Builders
and others.

We condemn the arrests of the activists of the GBGB-NAPM and assault
on the people by the police force who have been resisting peacefully
the demolitions and striving to save their habitat and home.

Background :

Koliwada, indigenous fisherfolk Community have been living in the area
from a long time on this patch of the land. In 1939 Britishers
constructed NSP sheds for their own security purposes and they were
asked to move to this. These NSP Sheds then were taken over by the
Municipal Corporation after Independence. Even though these fisher
people have lived on the land for more than a century they have been
denied their “right to land”, due to the policies of the Britishers as
well as BMC. BMC now in the name of development is evicting them and
giving away the prime property to the Builders.

For details and update call : Madhuri Shivkar             09892143242       / Madhuri
Variyath             09820619174