Mumbai, July 5: As many as 1200 families of partition refugees will have to vacate their buildings- Vijay Punjab housing society, located in the Sardar Colony in Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar by October 31 after the Bombay High Court set the deadline for the same. The buildings are decrepit and needs renovation and hence the court has set a date for vacating the buildings. Also Read - 'Please Pray For Mumbai', Says Twitter As Heavy Rains Pound the 'Maximum City', Throw Life Out of Gear
At least 21 residents of the buildings plead a year to vacate their apartments which was ultimately rejected by a division bench of Justices Abhay Oka and Riyaz Chagla. The court argued that the residents were staying in the ramshackle at their own risk and that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) would not be responsible if the building collapsed. The residents have been given a month’s time to file an undertaking that they will shift by the deadline set by the Bombay High Court. Also Read - Mumbai Rains LIVE Updates | At Least 2 Dead, Several Missing; IMD Issues Red Alert For Mumbai, Pune on Wednesday, Predicts Heavy Rains in Goa
Reacting to the court’s order, lawyer for the Vijay Punjab housing society, Advocate Anand Jondhale had urged the court to give the residents time till the end of the academic year to move out. Jhondale said,”Children are in the middle of the academic year. It will be difficult to obtain admissions in other schools.” But nonetheless, the court rejected the housing society’s plea. Also Read - Maharashtra Lockdown News: Not Possible to Allow Street Vendors to Open Their Businesses Now, State Tells Bombay High Court
Speaking further on the issue, Jondhale had said that that all the families would become homeless if they were forced to vacate without any assurance about plans to redevelop the buildings. It is then that the court issued orders to authorities to decide on the redevelopment of the society.
The buildings in the Vijay Punjab housing society were constructed in the late 1950s on the state government land for refugees who came from West Pakistan to Mumbai after the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947.