A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S.C.Dharmadhikari of the Bombay High Court has asked the State Government of Maharashtra to give details about the action taken against the slum dwellers who sell off their flats allotted to them in the rehabilitation Schemes.
Recently, the court was hearing PIL by, Janhit Manch , who highlighted one such incidence of rehabilitation of slum dwellers from Sanjay Gandhi National Park to the area of Chandivali.
The judges have observed that out of the 3000 such flats allotted to people under various slum rehabilitation Schemes, about 531 flats are locked and unused, about 329 flats are given on lease, around 48 flats on the ground floor have been converted into shops and about 34 flats are sold to others. In spite of the SRA rules stating that such flats can only be sold after 10 years, these flats have been sold or leased or converted in commercial units.
The Slum Rehabilitation Authority has informed the court that they require some time to do a survey about these cases and shall take the action against the one’s who are found guilty. The High Court had recommended a separate panel for taking action against such matters.