The Mahul site remains contentious with the Bombay High Court observing that the area is unfit for human habitation due to its close proximity with two oil refineries and 15 chemical factories. There is no buffer zone between the industrial and residential area.
On July 2, a boundary wall of BMC’s water reservoir in Malad had collapsed, killing 31 people and injuring over 70. As per BMC records, the kin of 30 dead and 68 injured were eligible for the compensation as on July 16.
The report will be submitted to the BMC, advising the latter to find immediate alternative shelter apart from Mahul, and provide medical support in the slum to ensure infections like leptospirosis do not escalate.
On Monday, as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) initiated the process of allocating alternative housing in Mahul, slum-dwellers in Ambedkar Nagar and Pimpri Pada continued to oppose the decision demanding housing close to their washed away homes.
When the wall collapsed and water flooded their hut, Sunil Sakpal was swept away along with wife Sunita (35) and Sonali, the eldest in amongst three children. Sakpal was rescued by locals and wife Sunita was found a few meters down the slope. Both suffered minor injuries.
On Sunday, Sunil Sakpal took discharge from Kandivali Shatabdi hospital to look for his daughter. “I don’t know what the fire brigade or the search teams did in the last five days. My daughter was swept away from me when our hut was flooded,” he said.