At Ejipura, homes to make way for a mall
On Friday, January 18, 2013, uncertainty about the future came to a boil for residents of the Ejipura economically weaker sections (EWS) quarters in the posh Koramangala area, as the authorities began demolishing their homes. By Monday, there was nothing but rubble and helplessness.
- Here's how the events unfolded.
- Several protesters, including colony residents, were arrested when the demolitions began.
- Most of those who have lost their homes are daily wage workers or working as domestic help.
- As residents spend the night in the January cold, citizens and NGOs have stepped in to help.
The BBMP says, and it has submitted to court, that it has offered rehabilitation, including accommodation and Rs. 30,000, to those living there.
However, this money has gone to the original owners of the area.
Those who were living there were mostly tenants. They are considered "squatters" by the BBMP and the court, although they have been paying rent and have lived there for as long as 15 years.
- Following public pressure, the government has agreed to allow the displaced residents to stay in temporary shelters on the plot until the end of the academic year. Butl this is dependent on the developer allowing it.
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