HC comes to rescue of families languishing in transit camps

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Mumbai, Mar 3 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today came to the rescue of hundreds of families languishing in the city's transit camps together for years for permanent alternative accomodation to be allotted by Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA).

Taking a clue from an individual case of a petitioner languishing in transit camps for more than 32 years, a division bench of Justice S B Mhase and V K Tahilramani directed chief officer of MHADA to submit list of all the families languishing for more than 20 years in transit camps in the metropolis, waiting to be relocated by the Housing Authority and also demanded from him as to what action was being taken to relocate those families.

The court has also asked the MHADA chief officer to remain present in the court on next date of hearing, scheduled on March 10.

One Ramchandra Bagal's petition has brought the plight of transit camp residents to the notice of the High Court. Mr Bagal, whose family has been languishing in the transit camps for more than 32 years, had moved the High Court seeking permanent alternate accommodation.

His father Changdev, was a tenant of a dilapidated chawl in Mazgaon here, which was taken over by MHADA and demolished in 1975 and the Bagals were promptly shifted to transit camp along with other residents of the chawl.

After his father's death in 1999, Ramchandra completed all required formalities and approached MHADA officials for allotment of premises in Hanuman Prasad building, constructed on the site of the chawl. MHADA officials finally allotted a house to the Bagals only after he moved the High Court.

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