HC directs to Mhada to start search drive for illegal transit tenement occupiers

By Accommodation Times Bureau

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court directed to Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) to start search drive for residents those are staying in illegal transit tenements. Challenging to eviction orders transit camps’ occupants at PMGP Colony in Mankhurd have filed the petition which is heard by Justice Amjad Sayed. According to the Joint Chief Officer (JCO), only a bona fide occupant of a cessed building is eligible to stay in transit tenements. Petitioners produced affidavits by tenants of cessed buildings who allegedly transferred rights in the petitioners’ favour. Justice Sayed said even if the documents are genuine, they could not explain how the documents could create any right in their favour in cessed buildings.
However, advocate representing Mhada Vaibhav Parshurami submitted there are over 22,000 tenements in Mumbai and it is difficult for Mhada to keep a check on unauthorized occupants. The Justice Amjad Sayed said this was not acceptable, when Mhada employees are collecting rent from the occupants. Wheras, the judge has ordered to Mhada senior officials to submit a detailed report within the three months.

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