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To: Housing Minister Prakash Mehta, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis

Mahul is a polluted hellhole: Govt must shift residents immediately

Follow through on their assurances and provide alternative accommodation to Mahul residents without any further delays

Why is this important?

Mahul is an industrial zone, located in the eastern suburb of Chembur in Mumbai. It's one of the most polluted areas in the city, and is surrounded by chemical refineries, fertiliser plants petroleum companies and other indutrial units. Clearly, it's unfit for residential purposes.

Except, thousands of project-affected persons (PAPs) were forced to move to Mahul in 2017. Given the toxic air in the region, these residents have been battling respiratory diseases like asthma, tuberculosis, rashes and a range of skin allergies. They moved the Bombay High Court in March this year, and the HC issued an order in August asking for them to be moved till a solution was found.

According to activist Medha Patkar, more than 125 people have died from pollution-related illnesses in the last 18 months. There was also a refinery blast in August, just 20 metres from the rehabilitation site. The residents continue to live in fear, and have been silently protesting for over a month now, camping at Ambedkar Nagar in Vidyavihar.

In November, Housing Minister Prakash Mehta promised the protesters that they would be rehabilitated by shifting them to Kurla HDIL. The official notification never came. Later Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said it would not be possible to provide homes for 5,500 families in Kurla. Along with Patkar, residents are now threatening to march to Mantralay on December 15 if non-communication from the govenrment continues.

Mahul is a polluted hellhole, and 5,500 families residing there need to be rehomed immediately.

Stand up for them by signing this petition.


Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Reasons for signing

  • Why people should leave their homes, the government should first only decide whether they should make a housing complex or an industrial belt!
  • Nowadays Air pollution is critical issue..
  • Many of people from Ghatkopar are shifted to Mahul and I know what are they going to. GOVT. should relocate them to some other better places.


2018-12-10 21:07:28 +0530

500 signatures reached

2018-12-05 18:45:04 +0530

100 signatures reached

2018-12-04 17:06:32 +0530

50 signatures reached

2018-12-04 15:50:52 +0530

25 signatures reached

2018-12-04 15:21:43 +0530

10 signatures reached