The residents of Dutt Guru Nagar in Sanpada were moved from their habitat eight years back by CIDCO for the Mankurd Belapur Rail project. The state had even ordered for their rehabilitation but its been eight years and the residents still await their homes and are now living in slums. Under the Mankurd-Belapur Rail Project, CIDCO had removed the residents of Dutt Guru Nagar in Sanpada. The villagers were moved from their settlements eight years back with the assurance of providing them with immediate rehabilitation. Even the state government had ordered the rehabilitation of the nearly 170 families who were affected by this project. A meeting was held in Mantralaya for the immediate rehabilitation of the affected families. The proposal was then sent to the Land Survey and Assessment department but since then the proposal is yet to see the light of day and has remained only on paper. The locals here spoke on their doubts and allegations to NMTV News. The residents also alleged that initially CIDCO was charging them Rs. 3496 per sq.mt. for their new houses, which was a very high amount for the affected families. The state then, looking into the complaints of the projected affected persons, announced to sell the houses as per the state’s rate, which are very nominal. However, despite the assurances, the displaced families are yet to find a home for themselves. Infact, the residents allege that time and again some CIDCO officials approach them, take their finger prints on stamp papers assuring them of giving them their homes. One of the families alleged that a Harish Patel took their finger stamp on a paper and two photographs. A few days later, someone named Suryabhaan Bansode approached the same family, this time, supposedly with the agreement papers itself. The family just like all the other affected are living in a sense of fear and depression with no sense of security for their living. Residents allege that even the nephew of CIDCO’s rehabilitation officer S B Deshmukh has approached the affected families calling him a builder and assuring them of providing them with houses soon. With cameraperson Santosh Bodhare, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
February 6, 2008
August 6, 2008