The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has undertaken the demolition work of 13 MHADA buildings which were obstructing the progress of the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR) project. “The demolition is possible only because all the SCLR project affected flat owners cooperated with us and signed MoUs with MMRDA as per the directions of the High Court. Now, its MMRDA’s commitment to complete the SCLR project as early as possible”, said Mr.Dilip Kawathkar, Joint Project Director (PR), MMRDA.
In the first phase MMRDA will bring down Building Nos.150, 151 and 152 situated in Tilak Nagar, Chembur. The other ten buildings will be razed by the first week of December.
After the SCLR project affected flat owners signed MoUs with MMRDA as per the consent terms filed before the High Court to vacate 13 MHADA buildings in Tilak Nagar peacefully, the Authority has immediately taken steps to demolish the buildings and pave way for the speedy completion of the SCLR project. The MOus were signed in the last week.
In all 260 flat owners from the 13 MHADA buildings are affected by the SCLR project, out of which 96 had already signed MoUs with the MMRDA. However, the remaining 164 aggrieved flat owners had filed a petition in the High Court. The petition was resolved after filing consent terms on October 15, 2009 before the High Court. On signing the MOUs, affected flat owners in the LIG buildings were hand over a DD for Rs.2,64,000/- each and a DD for Rs.3,36,000/- each to the flat owners in the MIG buildings.
As per the consent terms, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority will construct new buildings on another MHADA plot which is adjoining the present one to house all 260 SCLR affected flat owners.