Signature campaign demands their housing rights, says Ejipura land was meant for poor

The evicted residents of Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) shantytown in Ejipura, accompanied by citizens and rights activists, delivered a petition with more than 11,000 signatures, demanding their housing rights. The petition was handed over to Uday Garudachar, managing director of Maverick Holdings Pvt. Ltd.. The developer has entered into a public-private partnership (PPP) with the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to construct a housing complex and a commercial complex on the 15 acre 22 guntas of prime land in Ejipura.

Demanding that the PPP be scrapped, the residents wanted the entire land to be used solely for a housing project for all those who have been evicted. The petition said around 6,000 people have been rendered homeless after their houses were razed by the developer.

Pointing out that Mr. Garudachar was now contesting from Chickpet Assembly constituency on a BJP ticket, Karthik Ranganathan, one of the activists, said: “As somebody aspiring to become an elected representative, we hope that Mr. Garudachar will realise that thousands of people do not approve of this project.”