Satwa area families await action against bachelors

DUBAI — The conditions have not improved a bit for many families living in the Satwa area near the Emirates Bank as labourers and bachelors, still occupying most of the villas, have made their lives miserable.

By Joy Sengupta

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Published: Sun 11 Feb 2007, 9:26 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:28 AM

Families say the situation is bad and that they would be forced to leave the area if these conditions persist.

The issue had been taken up by Khaleej Times in October last year and Dubai Municipality officials had assured adequate and quick action. But residents say nothing has been done so far.

On the other hand, officials of the Dubai Municipality said that a drive to evict labourers and bachelors from these villas would be started shortly. They further said that the municipality had received many complaints and that the matter was being looked into.

The residents, however, say that the authorities are not interested in taking any action. “Nothing has changed here. Labourers have not left any of the villas and life for us continues to be tough. Unnecessary crowd, dirt and noise are making us think about searching for a new place to live in,” said Ravi Sheejan, a resident of the area.

According to the people, the municipality was not serious in resolving the problem. “If they were serious, this place would have got vacated by now. These people gather every evening and there is a huge crowd all over the locality for no reason at all. There have been incidents of eve-teasing and damaging of cars in the past. Huge garbage piles are another problem. It is becoming impossible to live here. The crowd seems to be growing,” added the residents.

The area has got seven to eight villas which have been occupied by the labourers. “Earlier there were local families living in them. They left and the these labourers came in from somewhere. Something needs to be done in order to control the situation, otherwise it will be impossible for families to reside here,” they said.

Officials of the Building Construction Section say conditions would not remain like this. Satwa, Karama and Deira are the prime areas that are under their scrutiny and they would soon initiate action.

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