New Delhi: Residents of Akari, a rural village in the southern Indian state of Maharashtra, will be forced to move to the city of Mumbai in a major overhaul of the city’s old-age homes.
The move will take effect on October 1 and will also affect a small section of elderly people, who are unable to get housing elsewhere in the city.
“They will have to move here,” said S. Subramanian, president of the Akari Citizens Association, who heads the group that has been advocating the move for years.
The law, which comes into force on October 2, will also allow the government to extend the age of retirement for some residents of Akami homes.
Residents of the village, which is a collection of about 200 properties scattered across two provinces in southern Maharashtra, had to move out of their homes because they could not afford to pay their rents.
“We cannot live with the elderly,” said the village head, S. Venkateswaran.
“It is the law and we must comply with it.
I hope this will bring the elderly to our homes.
It will make us comfortable.”
The move has been fiercely contested by local politicians and residents, who fear the influx of elderly residents will cause social problems and make life harder for the local community.
Local officials said the new laws would only affect the elderly in the villages closest to the cities.
Maharashtra’s top municipal authority, the municipal corporation of Maharashtra (MMC), has already announced plans to set up new apartments in the area for the poor.
The new rules will also give the government a major tool to curb the rise in housing costs in the state.
In 2015, a survey by the Centre for Social Justice, an NGO, showed that the state’s housing market was at the worst it had been in years.
The rate of increase in rent was 30% higher than in 2016.
In the past three years, the cost of housing has increased by a staggering 20%, or $2.3 billion, the survey found.
In Mumbai alone, the city has seen a 45% rise in the price of housing over the past four years, from $6,000 in 2015 to $15,000 now.
Mumbai Mayor Devendra Fadnavis, who is also the head of the MMC, said he was “thrilled” by the government’s decision.
“This is a step in the right direction.
We will see a reduction in the cost and also increase in quality of life for all of the residents in our city.”
Mumbai is one of the most expensive cities in the country for housing.
In recent years, it has been grappling with a housing crisis that has left thousands of people living in poverty.
In February, the Supreme Court rejected the government in a landmark judgment on the state government’s refusal to allow the construction of any more houses in the sprawling city.
The court said the government did not have the legal authority to do so, as the Supreme Board of Housing had not taken up the issue.