Women storm DPDC; demand safe houses for family of policemen
Hundreds of women from the Thane police quarters at Vartak Nagar lead by local MLA Pratap Sarnaik, stormed the District Planning & Development Council's (DPDC) meeting yesterday and urged guardian minister Ganesh Naik to resolve their issue of dwellings.
The Minister is understood to have assured the delegation that he would personally look into their woes, and told them that a meeting would be called at the Mantralaya next week to discuss and decide the issue.
The residential quarters of policemen in Vartak Nagar Police residential colony, is in a dilapidated condition, and the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has already given a notice to the residents to vacate the colony.
The family of hundreds of policemen are in a fix, as they might have nowhere to go and might come on the streets if an alternative arrangement is not made for them.
In a memorandum to the Minister, Sarnaik pointed out that these societies are in existence from 1960 and 1970, and occupied by the family of various policemen. Almost 556 occupants have got notice to vacate within the next eight days.
'From the past many years, these real heroes are living in bad condition. This is their third generation living here. Additionally families of martyrs who fought during the Bhivandi riots are also living here. They have requested the government to get safe homes but to no avail,' Sarnaik informed.
He suggested that they could be accommodated in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) housing schemes and two rooms of 160 sq feet could be combined to make one room of 320 sq feet which will serve the purpose.
Naik in principal has agreed to the suggestion and said that he would personally take up the issue and sort it out at the meeting to be held in the Mantralaya next week.
This decision of the Minister and the initiative by Sarnaik has brought in the much needed relief to the occupants of the police quarters, whose issue was kept hanging for several years.
(Posted on 20-05-2014)