After amid criticisms from opposition leaders and victims of Damu Nagar for issuing cheque of Rs. 3,800, the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has raised the compensation amount to Rs. 25,000 to each affected family. The government will bear the cost of injured slum dweller also.
Two people died and 12 were injured after a massive fire in the slum, which was spread after cylinders in the shanties exploded on December 7.
The CM while announcing the compensation said in the legislative assembly, “Normally the government pays compensation of Rs. 3,500 in such case. However, in this case the government will pay Rs. 25,000 to the affected families and will bear the expenses of treatment also who are injured in the fire.”
Two days ago, the issue was raised in the House by Sena legislator Sunil Prabhu through a calling-attention motion, demanding that the government announce a special package for the affected slumdwellers. The 1,181 affected families have got Rs 3,800 and the kin of the deceased have received Rs. 4 lakh each.
Sena legislator Prakash Surve has demanded Rs. 25,000 for the affected slum dwellers. “Yes, our one demand has been fulfilled. However, medical camps should be undertaken for the slumdwellers. They should also be provided necessary documents like residential Aadhaar, PAN and ration cards, which may have been destroyed in the fire,” Surve said.
Mumbai Congress also seat on chained hunger strike in the affected area with various demands. Sanjay Nirupam had demanded Rs. 50,000 compensation for affected families. Nirupam demanded that the government should waive fee of students who lost their houses in the fire.
The Congress leader said that the government was harassing the slumdwellers with the help of forest officials after claiming that land belonged to them.
Mumbai Congress Chief Sanjay Nirupam said, “Government is giving half the compensation, what we had demanded. Our other demands are that they should be rehabilitate on the same place or nearby area.”
On rehabilitation Fadnavis assured that if possible the government will rehab all slum dwellers on the same location as the land is owned by forest department. “If rehab would not possible on the same plot, then the government will rehab them nearby location and the proposal will be made in the next two months,” assured CM.
Recently, Congress released papers which show that the plot at Damu Nagar is not on forest land but it belongs to a trust.
Nirupam has asked for an inquiry doubting that this was not an accidental fire but some builders who are eyeing on the land should be taken under suspicious. On this CM said, “The inquiry will be conducted by the Mumbai crime branch. The Opposition parties should not politicize the issue.”
The affected 3000 slum dwellers from 1100 to 1200 have been temporary shifted to nearby bus depot and arranged food for them.