This comes as a major sop for slum dwellers, a formidable vote bank of politicians. The Democratic Front government, in a recently issued order, has approved the sale and transfer of slums that have come up before 1-1-2000.
The decision is a step closer to providing complete protection and rehabilitation of slums upto 1-1-2000, as promised in the Congress election manifesto before the 2004 assembly elections. It will come as a boon for slum dwellers as sale and transfer of slums will now get the state government stamp of approval.
The decision is a careful attempt to bypass the HC order banning protection to slums after 1-1-1995 and the subsequent application moved by the government for extension of the existing cut off date of 1995 to 1-1-2000.
The government resolution (GR) says that the decision was being taken in view of repeated demands by elected representatives for protecting slum dwellers who have purchased a slum after 1-1-1995. Now the GR will give protection to the buyer of the slum and his right for rehabilitation.
The GR further says that slums prior to 1-1-2000 and affected by projects such as MUTP, MUIP, Mithi River Development & Protection and Mumbai International Airport Development project, will be eligible for the transfer after payment of the required fee. Under the process:
• The transfer of a slum will be between two eligible slum dwellers.
• Names of both — person willing to carry out transfer and the person getting it transferred — should be in the voters’ list before 1-1-2000. The slum purchased should be a protected one — erected prior to 1-1-2000.
• The person who has purchased the slum should not have another slum in his name within the BMC limits. For this the person will have to submit an affidavit.
• The person purchasing a slum erected prior to 1-1-2000 should not have been a beneficiary of free dwelling under the SRA or any other government scheme.
• Benefit of free dwelling under such a scheme can be availed only once.
• Photo identity card of the past owner would be cancelled after the sale deed and will be issued to the new slum dweller.
A similar procedure will be adopted for slums not covered under the above mentioned projects. But the slums should be existing prior to the cut off date of 1-1-1995.