Ejipura Timeline: 1991 to 19th January 2013

The Ejipura timeline (building on this Citizen Matter timeline)1991: Completion of EWS quarters which was started in 1987

November 10, 2003:
Block 13 collapses. 21 of the 42 flats could have been repaired, but the BBMP decides to demolish all the buildings.

October 2004:
BBMP floats tenders for the reconstruction of the EWS quarters.

February 2006:
Infrastructure Development Corporation (Karnataka) IDeCK recommends Akruti Nirman as the preferred PPP partner.

May 2006:
The BBMP claims that there are some discrepancies in Akruti’s bid and it identifies Maverick, the second highest bidder, as the PPP partner

October 2006: The BMP council passes a resolution proposing to award the contract to Maverick.

November 2006: Akruti files a writ petition in the Karnataka High Court challenging the council’s proposal to award the contract and obtains a stay against construction.
The stay remains till 29th May 2008.

July 2007: An 18 month old baby, Mahalakshmi and Perumal a 40 year old man are killed and 3 others are injured when another block collapses

August 10, 2007: Siddique dies of contact with live wire in a demolished building.

November 9, 2007: Block 34 collapses killing 11 year old Xavier and 15 year old Gabriel and injuring 5 others. In almost all the cases, family members still haven’t received compensation.

May 29, 2008: Governor through the Principal Secretary UDD sends a notice to the BBMP to show cause for passing October 2006 resolution.

June 9, 2008: As there is no response for the BBMP, the resolution is cancelled.

September 26, 2008: The state government issues a government order awarding the contract for construction to Maverick

November 6, 2008:
Akruti Nirman, Now called Akruti City Ltd gets a stay on construction from the HC.

February 3, 2009:
MLC files Lokayukta complaint against Maverick Holdings.

March 12, 2010:
Both parties make their concluding arguments to HC and are awaiting the Judgement.

September 22, 2010:
The Karnataka high court directed the BBMP to immediately start construction for rehabilitation of 1640 families, as well as commercial buildings, while dismissing the petition filed by Akruti Nirman Ltd. and disposing the petition filed by families, ordering the BBMP to ensure displaced families were put in occupation of the flats at the earliest. Justice Reddy acknowledges wrong decision on the part of BBMP, but public interest taken into consideration, Maverick should begin work.

Jan 2, 2012: BBMP enters into a concessionaire agreement with Maverick Holdings, signed between Uday Garudachar of Maverick  and BBMP Engineer in Chief BT Ramesh, for the construction of 1640 houses. The commercial space will be leased out to Maverick Holdings for 30 years, for which BBMP will receive Rs. 2.3 crore per quarter.

Jan 14, 2012: Shantinagar MLA NA Harris asks residents to vacate their sheds and move out for the construction to start.

“We were all happy that after waiting for so long that we would finally get a house when Harris arrived on the scene. He said that all of us had to vacate our sheds and move out for the construction to start” says Johnson, a resident of Ejipura for the last 9 years . But move where? “That, Harris said was left to us. He said that we could move to the brand new apartments once the construction was over” Citizen Matters, March 2012

March 2012: Residents being pressurised by BBMP to vacate in a week, water supply to the toilet complex stopped. Residents also told they have to pay-out at least Rs. 20 thousand as security deposit and Rs. 2500 as rental for next 24 months for new homes.

July 10 2012: “The high court on Tuesday came down heavily on the Bruhat BangaloreMahanagara Palike (BBMP) over quarters built for economic weaker sections in Ejipura. After hearing a petition, the court wondered how these buildings had been constructed in the first place. The division bench said it would not hesitate to order a CBI enquiry and make every officer accountable.” “The court also held that the Division Bench in W.P. No.11912/2008 on the matter of reconstructed housing did not permit the BBMP to enter into any contract with third parties for the reconstruction of flats and that the entering into such a contract between the BBMP and the third party prima facie appeared to be in contempt of the order of the Division Bench dated 12/02/2009.”

August 2012: Members of Samta Sanik Dal (SSD), Dalit and Minorities Land Protection Forum (DMLPF) ask chief minister Jagadish Shettar to stop eviction of people living at the economically weaker section (EWS) quarters in Ejipura.

August 2 2012: Karnataka High Court gives BBMP, Maverick and the original allottees one week to sort out matters.

August 24th 2012: Karnataka HC disposes petition by appellants, i.e. original allottees as satified in view of the Agreement Exhibit C (can’t be found online) entered into and recorded in Writ Petition No. 45915/2011. In case of the latter, the HC issues the order for beginning construction, says that all occupants are to be evicted after 8th October, 2012 and they should have the police protection to do so. But it also says that BBMP has made arrangements for R&R of the 1512 original allottees minus those who’ve taken 30,000 at 5 acres of land at Iglur, Hosur Road, and is to hand it over within 15 days to Maverick Holdings to construct temporary accommodation.

http://bangalore.citizenmatters.in/articles/view/4444-ejjipuras-ews-flats-quagmire-settled
http://newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/article595690.ece

October 9-10 2012: Residents stage a dharna that lasts several days opposing their eviction. Given the option of rehabilitation at Iglur, Anekal or Rs. 30,000 in compensation and told that ‘their ID card was only a proof of residence, not a means to acquire land’ by BBMP officials.

October 18, 2012: BBMP applies for police protection in the High Court to see through evictions, as they stated that residents weren’t amenable to being evacuated.

December 13, 2012. Residents allege threats by goonda elements, political agents.

Jan 10, 2013: Evictions and demolitions begin once again.

Jan 18, 2013: Demolitions intensify, hundreds of residents thrown out of their homes, toilet complex is destroyed. http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/chaos-in-ews-colony-as-bbmp-starts-demolition/article4321799.ece

Jan 19, 2013: Kaveri, Gee and 21 women arrested along with their 4 children while peacefully protesting at the water tank. Water tank is later demolished that day. Children and two women later released, Kaveri, Gee and 19 others spend the night in jail.

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