EWS quarters: HC lashes out at BBMP

The petitioners, Noorjan and Pyarejan, had moved the High Court against the BBMP’s apathy in constructing the quarters promised several years ago, stating that they are still living in the tin sheds.

They said that the sewerage water often entered their houses and that there was no sanitation facility. When the Government advocate sought time to reply, Justice Ram Mohan Reddy orally observed, “Do you have any concern for the people over there?” Showing the pictures submitted to the court, Justice Reddy said, “Are they animals? Even pigs will not live there, it is pathetic. We cannot rejoice over that, it pains us,” he said. He adjourned the matter to Thursday. It may be recalled that the EWS quarters had collapsed and considering the dilapidated condition the remaining 21 blocks too were demolished. In 2006, the BBMP had decided to build a residential complex for displaced residents of EWS quarters under a private-public partnership and a commercial complex in 13.1 acres of land.

The project was awarded to M/s Maverick Holdings and Investment Private Ltd. (MHIPL). But the Mumbai-based Akruti Nirman Limited, which too had bid for the project, moved the High Court alleging that the contract had been awarded to a firm whose bid was controversial. The High Court stayed the decision of awarding the contract to MHIPL in November 2006. However, following the petition, the matter remains adjourned now.

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