Miffed that the redevelopment of their building has not been completed on schedule, residents of Ashtavinayak cooperative housing society at DN Nagar in Andheri (West) have decided to drag the developer to court.
In a press conference on Monday, former Mhada chairman Chandrashekhar Prabhu said, “Ashtavinayak is not the only society facing this problem. There are over 3,000 in city whose redevelopment has been stuck for the last several years due to various reasons. The main culprits are the builders who are exploiting the people with the help of government officials. They are threatening genuine residents and not even giving them possession of their legitimate houses on schedule. The state needs to take this issue seriously… Families have been harassed and disturbed by developers and their goons.”
A housing activist, Prabhu said he gets over 200 phones calls and 50 e-mails every day regarding housing issues. “I do my best to help all of them. But the problem is more chronic and bigger… It should be addressed at a higher level. We need to break the nexus between developers and government officials. Genuine residents should not be deprived of their right to get their homes back. In redevelopment, many people have been rendered homeless due to developers’ greed,” he added.
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