BJP accuses State Govt of adopting different rehab rules

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Mumbai, Feb 22 (UNI) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has accused the State Government of adopting different yardsticks for resettling the affected slum dwellers under the Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Projects and the Mumbai Urban Transport Projects.

Former BJP corporator and Airport Sangharsh Samiti President Parag Alavani said that in some cases the State Government has adopted January 1, 1995 as the cut-off date for the slum dwellers, whereas in some other cases people living in the city since 2003 have been rehabilitated.

''The Government should have the same cut-off date for resettling the slum dwellers and people affected by any development projects,'' Mr Alavani said.

He added that BJP's rehabilitation committee has invited suggestions from the citizens in the city till the end of February and the issues will be raised in the Assembly, as in many cases people have not been rehabilitated by the Government.

The MMRDA resettles an affected person by giving him a house of 225 square feet in a remote area, irrespective of the land owned by him, and the schemes also favour the builders and the rich people, Mr Alavani alleged.

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