A dream of owning their homes has just remained so even after three decades of waiting. This is the sad story of 800 and odd slum wellers in Andheri Taluka in Mumbai who also happen to be owners of the land. The slum dwellers are embroiled in various litigations. The sordid conditions in which these slum dwellers continue to reside despite having entered into an agreement with the builder more than 30 years back to develop the slums and rehabilitate the slum dwellers in proper accommodation is not an isolated incident but is the reflection of the general state of affairs. The slum dwellers who had formed a society, Om Namo Sujalam Sufalam Co-op Housing Society saw their eligible carpet area growing on paper from 190-sq. ft in late 1980s to more than 400-sq.ft as the builders went on increasing the offer without moving a brick on the ground. Also during the course of 30 years, the project was migrated from redevelopment to slum rehabilitation, but slum dwellers remained in their slums all these years. In the process builders too were changed but that didn’t help to change the fortunes of these people. However, recent Supreme Court decision has come as great relief for these poor slum dwellers and things may change for the better for them.
The Slum Rehabilitation Authority in Maharashtra had invited bid from prospective developers in February 2018. Again now SRA has reinvited the bids with little modifications to develop an area admeasuring 21,882.15-sq.m. Interestingly, the Supreme Court has also put a condition of Rs 200 crore bank guarantee from the prospective bidders to ensure that only serious developers take interest in the project. The tender is presently live and will remain so till 23rd August.