1,200 families of Sardar colony directed to vacate buildings
Bombay high court set a deadline of October 31 for 1,200 families of Partition refugees to vacate their dilapidated buildings in Sardar Colony, Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar.
A division bench of Justices Abhay Oka and Riyaz Chagla rejected a plea by residents of 21 of 25 buildings who had sought a year to vacate their apartments. The bench gave the residents a month to file an undertaking that they will shift by the deadline.
The court said the residents were staying in dilapidated buildings at their own risk and Brihan mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) would not be responsible if the building collapses. The court told the Mumbai collector to decide on an application by residents in 2014 for redevelopment of the buildings.
The buildings were constructed in the late 1950s on land belonging to the state government to house refugees from West Pakistan to Mumbai after the Partition of the subcontinent into India and Pakistan in 1947.