ULHASNAGAR: The government has no money and is taking loan to pay the salary of the staff, said state housing minister Jitendra Awhad. The minister ruled out any financial assistance from the government in the case of a dangerous building issue in Ulhasnagar. He was addressing a program organised by Ulhasnagar Trader Association for residents who were rendered homeless.

Awhad’s statement came after Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) Mayor Leelabai Ashan recently promised that she would bring a fund of Rs 50 crore from the state government to get relief from dangerous buildings by constructing transit camp and would pay rent of those who will become homeless from dangerous buildings.

The statement of Awhad at a program on Friday disappointed residents who had come with the expectation that the minister would try to give some relief to citizens who became homeless in action by UMC.

At the program, Awhad also said, “The Ulhasnagar city where Sindhi’s from Pakistan got settled down has different problems and to resolve problems related to regularisation of illegal buildings here, the state should bring some new laws and for the same he would hold meetings with Urban Development Minister and secretaries in next 15 days. However if UMC thinks the government will give any financial aid then they should forget about it because the government has no money due to covid-19 pandemic and for the next two years there is no chance of revenue. Presently, the state government pays the salary of government staff by taking loans.”

Awhad also said, “Before evacuating the public from dangerous buildings and demolishing it, UMC Commissioner should give proper notice and I will speak to the commissioner about the same.”

However BJP corporator Deepak Sirwani who holds standing committee chairman post in UMC said, “The statement of Awhad shows that Maha Vikas Aghadi leaders have lack of understanding as Mayor recently had committed us that she will get financial help of Rs 50 crore from Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde to give relief to dangerous building residents by constructing transit camp and would pay rent of those who will become homeless from dangerous buildings.”

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