The ironic working of civic bodies can be seen at the homes built by NMMC for advisais at MIDC Pawne and those built at Nerul. While one is so poorly built that the hutments refuse to live there, the other at Nerul are better but without an official inauguration, even here adivasis are forced to live on roads. Where one side the advasi families of Nerul are unable to shift to their new homes as its is pending inauguration, on the other side the adivasis of Varlipada MIDC in Pawne refuse to shift into their new homes. They have alleged that under the Valmiki Ambedkar Awaas Yojna NMMC has built small homes for them taking in return their massive plots. Records show that there are around 41 families residing at Varlipada, out of which 70 are advasis. These families owned plots measuring 35 by 40 feet long which were theirs for generations to come. These adivasis allege that NMMC wanted to take over this invaluable land and hence offered them built homes at another plot. Following this 70 homes were built but with an area of 10 by 8 feet which is so small that these advasis are unable to live there with their families. As a result for the last six years, these homes are lying vacant with even the watchman losing hope of anybody coming to live there. A look at the houses will tell you how poor the designing and construction is. There is no kitchen, there is no separation for the bathroom and the rooms are tiny. On the other hand NMMC did build better homes for the adivasis at Nerul but the without an official inauguration, the adivasis are forced to live on roads making both the NMMC schemes at Pawne and Nerul – a failed scheme as of today. With cameraperson Roshan Hate, Sudhir Sharma for NMTV News.
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