The Mumbai unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has opposed the demolition of any hutment and instead has favoured the regularisation of all huts which have come till date in the metropolis.
Releasing the party's manifesto for the city, AAP leader Medha Patkar, who is contesting from Mumbai North-East, said the poor have a right to shelter and should be rehabilitated as far as possible on land currently occupied by them. The party has called for the scrapping of the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) scheme for slum-dwellers under which the poor get 269 sq.ft carpet area free of cost.
Instead, AAP wants the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to build one crore flats measuring 450 sq.ft carpet and sell them at affordable rates to slum-dwellers. Mayank Gandhi, AAP candidate from Mumbai north-west, said Mumbai has become a city of builders, for builders and by builders and "this has to stop".
He said it was significant that chief ministers kept the urban development ministry with themselves since they wanted to favour the builders. He said builders should have no role to play in social housing.
Gandhi said thousands of crores rupees were lying idle with MHADA, BMC and other authorities and these monies should be used for building homes for the poor. The manifesto release function was attended by the four other AAP candidates from the city - Meera Sanyal (Mumbai South), Sunil Jain (Mumbai north), S. Balakrishnan (Mumbai South-Central) and Phiroze Palkhivala (Mumbai North-Central).
The other highlights of the manifesto:
Land rendered surplus under the Urban Land Ceiling Act should be acquired for social housing.
An inquiry should be held into alleged price padding to the extent of hundreds of crores in fancy projects like monorail, metro rail etc.
Salt pan lands should not be utilised for any purpose.
Article 377 of the Constitution which criminalises homosexuality should be scrapped. Homosexuality should be legalised.
Audit of accounts of Reliance and Tatas that distribute electricity in Mumbai should be done and the tariff reduced.
An inquiry into the container terminal project scam in Indira Docks should be held.
Ship-breaking activity at Darukhana should be halted and the storing of coal and fertiliser in the docks should be banned.
Swaraj in the truest sense and this would involve consultation with the downtrodden, dalits, OBCs, adivasis, workers in development planning.
Enactment of Jan Lokpal Bill for Maharashtra.
Sensitise ;policy and citizens with regard to issues relating to women' safety.