Maverick Holdings: Cancel the agreement for building a commercial complex in Ejipura
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Maverick Holdings: Cancel the agreement for building a commercial complex in Ejipura

    1. Karthik Ranganathan
    2. Petition by

      Karthik Ranganathan

      Bangalore, India

More than 6000 people were thrown out of their homes in EWS quarters, Ejipura, Bangalore between 18th and 21st January, 2013. Many residents have been living there for more than 25 years. But in a matter of a few days, there was nothing left as their houses were forcefully demolished to make way for a public private partnership that aims at constructing a shopping mall and a housing complex.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (Bangalore’s municipal body) entered into a contract with the owners of Garuda Mall (Maverick Holdings and Investments) to develop the area. The land in question, however, was originally allotted and legally meant for building houses for the economically weaker sections (EWS). No rehabilitation has been done by either Maverick or the BBMP and thousands of people have been out on the streets, braving the cold, without shelter, water or sanitation.

A Lokayukta enquiry continues against this project, alleging that the deal was illegally awarded to the Maverick group under the Yeddyurappa Government. On 23/11/2006, the Commissioner of the BBMP issued a letter to the Principal Secretary Urban Development Department, raising serious questions in regard to the granting of the contract and its violation of public interest. Worse still, this agreement was drafted without any information reaching the homes of the residents of the site, let alone any consultation or plan for alternative housing for the residents.

The residents of EWS quarters come from historically marginalized, deprived SC/ST and minority communities, and they work long hours for minimum daily wage. A majority have lost their jobs as a result of being away from work guarding their possessions on the road, and many children have not been able to attend school. Senior citizens and pregnant women have been at risk, with one woman dying out in the cold after her home was demolished. Many have steadily been falling ill.

BBMP is trying to justify the transfer of EWS land to a private company by claiming that there is a shortage of funds. However, the same BBMP has not utilised funds meant to build houses for the poor from the Central Government under the JNNURM-BSUP and other schemes, as well as the State Government, citing shortage of land. There is no dearth of money, if the government wants to provide housing for the weaker sections.

I have been volunteering for relief work at EWS since Jan 19th. I witnessed the brutal demolition firsthand and was shocked at how 1500 houses could be demolished abitrarily, without any consultation, resettlement and rehabilitation, to make way for a new shopping mall.

As owners of the popular Garuda mall in Bangalore, Maverick Holdings has a responsibility towards its customers and the citizens of Bangalore.

We demand that Maverick step out of this atrocious deal and cancels the agreement to build a commercial complex on land earmarked for EWS quarters.

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    1. Reached 12,500 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Uday Garudachar responds:

      Uday Garudachar

      Pls read the exact story with documentary proof .the reality is far from what you have been propagating .our office must have sent you their reply to your memorandum that you submitted to our office.pls read the exact truth with judgement...

    3. Reached 10,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Nicky Noordzij DEN HAAG, NETHERLANDS
      • 8 months ago

      Poverty should be fought, not facillitated.

    • Blaise Joubert PARIS, FRANCE
      • 9 months ago

      Why throw people out of their homes to build a corporate imperialist building ?

      • 9 months ago

      Govt should find proper place to relocate the homeless, until then no permissions should be given to build commercial complex......

    • Tejaswi G BANGALORE, INDIA
      • 10 months ago

      Maverick have already eaten away public space constructing Garuda Mall. Cannot let them do the same at the cost of peoples life once again

    • Aneesh Isac TRIVANDRUM, INDIA
      • 10 months ago

      "There is enough for man's need, not for his greed",all are part of earth.


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