AURANGABAD: After the residents of Vishwasnagar Labour Colony reached out to the Bombay high court seeking relief, the public works department on Tuesday, issued a public appeal asking the residents to submit their claim related to the documents at the district collector’s office before 5pm on Wednesday.
Authorities said that the people’s representatives have assured 130 families, which are considered to be legitimate residents of these colonies, will get 300 square feet of land in the Padegaon or Harsul area.
The decision was taken during a meeting with people’s representatives called by district collector Sunil Chavan. Shiv Sena MLC Ambadas Danve said, “The decision has been taken to allot 300 square feet plot to the legitimate residents of these colonies.”
Echoing him, MP Imtiaz Jaleel said that the residents will have to submit all the relevant documents proving these quarters were allotted to their father or grandparents by the government.
Following the decision, PWD executive engineer issued a public appeal, making the residents scramble for documents. Meanwhile, two different action committees have been formed by the residents and they held a sit-in agitation opposite to district collector’s office.
The announcements were made via public announcement systems apart from the pasting of the public notices in this regard.
The district administration’s move to demolish 338 residential quarters spread across 20 acres of prime land in the colony is receiving stiff resistance from the locals, while people’s representatives too have come out in support of the ‘legitimate’ residents and are demanding rehabilitation for all the incumbent occupants.
The locals while claiming that ownership title of the land is yet to be established, alleged that structural audit reports were prepared without even physically surveying quarters.