Over 864 families, rehabilitated in the Vadodara Municipal Corporation’s JnNURM housing scheme on Vasna-Bhayli Road in 2013, are up in arms against a “sudden” VMC decision to demolish a part of their common plot. This plot houses the critical water tank for the colony. VMC plans to hand it over to a private developer, Earth Realty, to extend its ongoing luxurious residential project on the adjacent plot.
On Monday, officials of the civic body’s Encroachment department arrived to demolish the common boundary wall the complex shares with the upcoming residential project, Earth Artica, by Earty Realty group. Residents of the JnNURM scheme say their protest against the VMC officials and the demand to show the notice for demolition irked the officers, and they returned without effecting the demolition. Residents say VMC officials have shown “no sensitivity” to pleas to reconsider the sudden decision as the demolition to hand over the patch of approximately 5 metres of land would mean breaking the water tank that supplies water to the colony.
The scheme housing 864 beneficiaries of various slum demolition drives in the city is a registered cooperative housing society, called Shri Panchmukhi Cooperative Housing Society.