National Alliance of People's Movements wonders why slum dwellers are targeted and elite arenít
GN Bureau | May 2, 2016
NAPM welcomed the Bombay high court’s order to demolish Adarsh society building in Mumbai and said that the “order is a vindication of our position against scandalous housing policies and projects whether it is Adarsh or Hiranandani and the victory of people's struggle over last 10 years and more”.
The court on April 29 also ordered an inquiry against politicians, ministers and officers who were involved in the scam.
The 31 storey structure was built without permission from the environment ministry. As many as 25 flats in the controversial society were illegally allotted. It was originally meant to house Kargil war heroes and war widows.
NAPM said in a statement: “Using the RTI, NAPM in 2010, [unearthed] the Adarsh scam. We did so in context of the eviction and demolition of thousands of houses of slum dwellers. We filed a writ petition No. 3359 of 2010 as the first case against Adarsh scam…For NAPM, this case was found to be one of utter injustice and inequity in dealing with illegality. NAPM had already formed Ghar Bachao, Ghar Banao Andolan to assert the right to housing of the poor who cannot afford so-called 'legal' houses and are made to face atrocities.”
It observed that not less than 11 lakh slum dwellers in Mumbai were targeted and evicted in the name of infrastructure projects, but not the elites who too destroy the natural resources and violate environmental laws.
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