Civic officials of the E ward, along with 100 policemen, started an evacuation drive in an SRA building near Nair Hospital in Mumbai Central on Friday. The BMC evacuated 23 rooms in the SRA building which was initially allocated for Nair Hospital staffers and were allegedly illegally occupied by several families.
The developer who constructed the SRA building had handed over 23 rooms to Nair Hospital in 2009 so that it could serve as staff quarters. However, soon after the rooms were handed over, they were encroached upon. “Twenty two rooms were occupied for the past five years and one of them was vacant. The hospital officials were scared to evacuate those who were staying in the rooms so we took the help of the police and have now handed over the rooms to the hospital,” said Kishore Desai, assistant municipal commissioner of E ward. He added that every room was occupied by 2 to 4 people.
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Apart from officials from the E ward office, representatives of Nair hospital, and the police, 53 labourers were also involved in the evacuation process. RN Bharmal, dean of Nair hospital that the rooms were meant to house nurses, peons and other clerical staff. “The evacuation was a joint effort of the hospital and the BMC. We have already started allocating the rooms to the nurses,” he said.