The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued demolition notices to around 900 slums in Behrampada at Bandra (East) in order to commence the work of widening a drain.

In a bid to widen a drain at the Bandra (East), the BMC has served demolition notices to 900 illegal slums in Behrampada. Officials have shared that there are at least 330 such housing structures in Behrampada with each having a minimum of one or more storey above.

It is to be noted that the Maharashtra government intends to rehabilitate these slum-dwellers in Malad and Mahul. Recently, the civic body wanted to carry out a demolition drive which was opposed by the slum dwellers, citing that Malad and Mahul lack basic facilities following which, the drive had to be shelved.

To avoid flooding and ease traffic flow, the civic body wants to increase the width of a drain situated on the eastern side, a proposal for which is pending since 2007. In a recent judgement on a similar case, the Bombay High Court (HC) had ruled that encroachers expelled from the Tansa water pipeline cannot be rehabilitated in the critically polluted Mahul locality.

Corporators have urged the civic body to postpone the demolition drive during the monsoon season and come up with an alternate rehabilitation plan for the eligible slum dwellers.