By Accommodation Times News Services
Social activist and former AAP leader Medha Patkar claims to have a plan to provide one crore homes to slum dwellers living in Mumbai, she said, she has a mega housing plan under which one crore houses could be provided to the poor.
Patkar blames state and Central government for not fulfilling the promises made during election of providing homes to poor and homeless people. For the same Patkar led a rally with homeless poor women, under the banner of ‘Ghar Bachao-Ghar Banao’ organisation in South Mumbai.
While addressing the rally at the Azad Maidan, she said, “The parties make tall promises before elections, but conveniently forget them after polls. All parties have promised to provide liveable shelters in the city before election, but no government has done it so far.”
She further added that, “Now, we have chalked out a comprehensive plan on how one crore homes could be provided to needy people of the city, who are living in precarious conditions in slums. I appeal the government to invite us so that we can present the blue print of our mega housing plan.”
According to Patkar the state and Central governments have “miserably failed” to redress grievances of the common people and they are “serving” the interests only of the well-heeled.
“Respecting the poor class and running the country according to true spirit of Constitution is the best guarantee to establish an egalitarian society in country,” Patkar said.
She said over nine lakh litres of water has been wasted in dousing the Deonar fire due to “mismanagement of administration”. “(However), the same government is demolishing homes of the poor while trying to regularise the illegal buildings,” the activist said.
She said the rally was a “collective expression” of people that most of recent problems concerning corruption, bad governance, lack of accountability emanated from “non-observance” of Constitution in the letter and spirit.