Builder puts fake eviction notice J11
06 SEPT 2005
Builder puts fake
Ploy to scare tenants of 80-year-old Noorani Manzil into vacating
K A DODHIYA faces an imminent danger of coi--
lapsing and that the builder will not
he Brihanmumbai Municipal be responsible for any deaths or in
Corporation's drive to evict juries caused thereof.
residents of old buildings cer- The ten tenants who have left
tified unsafe by the Maha- have not been provided any alter-
rashtra Housing and Area Develop- native accommodation by the
ment Authority is giving ideas to builder. However, those who have
builders eyeing prime properties. stayed back have now resolved to
Patni Builders, interested for some not give in to the builders' pressure
years now in redeveloping 80-year- Abdul Rahim, a tenant, said the
old Noorani Manzil at Dongri, Sand- builder a few months back offered to
hurst Road, has pasted its own no- redevelop the building and all 100
tice declaring that the building is un- tenants accepted the deal. However,
safe. Ten of the 100 tenants of the when he refused to put any terms
building, confusing the notice for and conditions for the building's re-
MHADA's eviction order, have al- development on the paper, the ten-
ready handed the keys to the builder ants grew suspicious and refused to
and left. move out.
However, inquiries with MHADA Another resident, Abdul Hamid
revealed that Noorani Manzil is not Shaikh, said: "The builder has only
in the list the 19 dangerous build- given oral promises. Once we leave,
ings it has identified for eviction. there will be no proof of our resi-
A notice signed by Advocate A H dence and he may refuse us our
Shaikh for Patni Builders at the rights. How can we leave our houses
Noorani Building in Dongri. Inset: The notice the builder has pasted at the entrance building's entrance says the structure like that," he asked.
When Mumbai Mirror contacted Patni Builders partner, Aslam Balak,
he said the notice pasted at the building's entrance is a MHADA or-
der. The tenants received the notice and gave it to me,'' he said.
However, when asked to send a copy of the notice to us, he sent a
notice issued in March 1998 by the Mumbai Building Repairs and Re-
construction Board to a certain Reshma Abdul Hamid, resident of
Room No 32, in a building on 'Navroji Hill Road No 2 .Noorani Manzil
does not have any tenant by the name of Reshma Abdul Hamid.
MHADA chief Sitaram Kunte said: "If we had issued any notice cer-
tifying any building dangerous, then the same notice has to be put up
at the building. Any other notice is illegal."