Mumbai: Residents of Girgaum and Kalbadevi have raised their concerns when they were told to be rehabilitated due to the Metro III (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ) line. Over 651 families affected in these areas have been proposed to be rehabilitated to Pimpalwadi in Girgaum on a temporary basis.
These families have been residing in 18 buildings which fall in the way of the 33.5 kilometre Metro line. A body has been formed by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) to initiate the rehabilitation process for a temporary period and then relocate the residents to proposed locations after the metro work is completed.
The MMRC will rehabilitate a total of 2,807 families due to the Metro III.
The project-affected families will be rehabilitated on two formats. The residents will be given an alternate accommodation where MMRC will take care of the rent. While the residents also have a second option where they can shift to any place in the city and the MMRC will pay the rent of Rs 15,000 for 200 square feet till the time they are relocated to the proposed sites.
Residents have complained that they have been told to move but have not been given any clarity in terms of the paper work. Guru Kumar Shetye, a resident of Girgaum, said, “The paper work has not been clearly explained to us and is going on at a slow speed.”
Maya Patole, deputy collector of MMRC, told the Free Press Journal, “The affected families do not have to worry about the rent as the MMRC will take care of it. The rent will increase as per the area of accommodation and has been decided as per the current market rates.”
Considering the 26 underground stations of this Metro III line, 2,156 families will be affected excluding those at Girgaum and Kalbadevi. “Over 900 families have been rehabilitated to Kurla and Chakala in Andheri while the remaining 1,256 families will be rehabilitated in the next six months,” added Patole.