Mumbai : The British era Bombay Development Department (BDD) chawls will be pulled down for redevelopment. However, the tenants’ associations are opposing the new Development Control Rule (DCR) which has been applied only for BDD chawls.

This rule does not give these residents an opportunity of signing any agreement with the developers. This will allow the builders to go ahead with their plans and in case there is change of policy to give free houses to BDD residents they are not likely to get it because of the absence of any legal documents.

The association member Jeevak Vavhal said they will approach the Bombay High Court for a stay. “Government is not ready for dialogue with us on this issue. The DCR has been made especially for BDD and it is not in the favour of us. Without these documents, we may become homeless tomorrow. Until we get this right of consent, we will urge the HC for a stay order,” said Vavhal.

Raju Waghmare, resident of BDD chawl and spokesperson of the Congress party, said no presentation of the entire construction or impact assessment study has been made to them. “The government is claiming they will give us 500 square feet flats but have not shown it to us on paper. No presentation shows the lay out of the plan. What we do if they refuse to give us the 500 sq ft flat?”questioned Waghmare.

The Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis conducted a bhoomi pujan at BDD chawls and assured that these chawls come under the ownership of the government. “My government has ensured the ownership of these chawls are with the government. We are committed to give free houses to the residents, unlike the opposition that only takes political mileage.”

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