Laxmi Teli, 60, is a physically challenged widow living on plot no 30 at Golibar slums in Santa Cruz (East). Having lived in the same house (serial no 152) in Sayunkta Jagruti SRA Cooperative Housing Society for 40 years, she has just been told that she is ineligible for a house under the Slum Rehabilitation Scheme.
“I have electricity bills on this address since 1976 and voter’s ID since 1988. Now, Mhada tells me that my brother-in-law living on the floor above me (serial no 153) is eligible for rehabilitation, but I’m not.?”said Laxmi.
Before Teli’s husband passed away in August 2008, he made monthly payments towards the society’s maintenance from 1993 to 2007. But his name was excluded from the SRA list with the remark: “Serial no 152 and 153 are one structure” and “Serial no 153 – Eligible”. Serial number 153 is registered under the name of Teli’s brother-in-law Ankush.