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Vasanth Nagar families turn into pavement dwellers

Two years on, 120 evicted families live on the pavements in Vasanth Nagar as the government fails to give them the promised apartments

Bangalore, November 23, 2017: The government has failed to provide 120 evicted families on Miller’s Tank Bund Road, the promised apartments at Bidarahalli in KR Puram. Hence, for the past two years, they have been living as pavement-dwellers.

The site from where the families were evicted is now being used for the construction of the office of The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) for the past one and half years.

Chandru, the manager at the construction site, said that Karnataka Housing Board is in charge of constructing the building. He  added that it is government land and the evicted residents’ lease had run out so the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Pallike (BBMP) came in and evicted them.

However, the evicted families are yet to get their alternate housing. Charlie, one of the evictees, who now lives in a makeshift tent on the pavement, said that they had been at that site for the last 25-30 years. After their eviction, they were promised apartments near Bidarahalli, K R Puram. However, he said it has been two years and they have not received any further information about the rehabilitation.
Chandrappa, another resident, said that every time the chief minister visits the nearby Devaraj Urs building, he makes them promises about their rehabilitation. But nothing has come out of it yet.

An official from the KERC said that the land for the building was purchased from the BBMP and they are not involved in the eviction drive.

Clifton D' Rozario, a lawyer, said that – government has no right to evict people even if it is government land, without providing them alternate accommodation, especially when the people have no other means of accommodation but to live on the streets.

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