Told To Vacate Their Houses, Residents Say ‘no Place To Go’, ET RealEstate

July 7, 2023

LUCKNOW: Over two-dozen residents of five houses, who were told to vacate their residences after a portion of a lane where they lived caved in on Gawne Road in Golaganj on Wednesday, are staring at an uncertain future regarding their return and safety of their families.

Unauthorised digging for construction of a basement at an apartment had led to the cave-in.

On Thursday, while talking to TOI, they narrated how their lives turned upside down in 24 hours.

A resident Syed Miraj Ali (55) said: “My 85-year-old bedridden mother had to undergo a lot of pain during the shifting process. It is very difficult to live like this when you don’t know about your return and whether it will be safe enough for my family.”

He alleged that the civic authorities were ignorant of illegal construction activities.

“If they (the government) had asked us to vacate, they should also provide us accommodation,” he added.

Other residents echoed similar sentiments and demanded immediate relief and temporary lodging until their residences can be restored.

Rashid Rizvi, a 32-year-old businessman, criticized the authorities for improper handling of the matter.

“We can’t live on roads. We are staying at a hotel but don’t know how long we can afford it. The agencies responsible for it are to be blamed for this mess. The police should take action against such erring officials,” he said.

Anish Siddiqui, 43, a bank employee, said he and his family were told to vacate their house, but they do not have any relatives in Lucknow.

“This morning, some officials visited us and told us to vacate our home as soon as possible, but we can’t go anywhere else as we know nobody here. The government has not provided us a place to stay,” Siddiqui said.

Rehan Kazi, 67, said his family of nine, including four children and two senior citizens, is facing tough time to stay with their relatives.

“There are a lot of things in our house. We can’t just leave everything and go somewhere to stay just because of the lack of administration by the government and shortsightedness of some builders,” he remarked.

Others said the incident is also a reminder of the dangers of illegal excavation, which can wreak havoc in the lives of people living in the area.

Earlier, two FIRs were filed — one by the mining department and another by the LDA — against the builder of the apartment, and he was later arrested.

Locals claimed that the massive cave-in had weakened the foundation of the Kathak Museum, which is housed in Bindadin Ki Deorhi — the ancestral home of Kathak masters Lachhu Maharaj and Birju Maharaj. However, officials had denied there was any immediate threat to the museum.

(With inputs from Anjanaya Singh)

  • Published On Jul 7, 2023 at 12:00 PM IST

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