One lady stands in the way of Trump Tower Mumbai

One lady stands in the way of Trump Tower Mumbai

Smita Panvalkar's family wants to make sure they're well taken care of, if not potentially living in the luxury residential skyscraper
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"We want to stay here," says Smita Panvalkar in her first-floor flat in Pathare Prabhu Building-1, currently earmarked for demolition.

Donald Trump's first project in India is facing a road block. And it comes in the form of a 54-year-old-woman named Smita Panvalkar, reports the Mumbai Mirror on Friday.

Trump Tower, scheduled to come up on the northern tip of Marine Drive near Girgaum Chowpatty, needs to redevelop two buildings -- Ajinkya Mansion and Pathare Prabhu Building-1 -- to erect the luxury residential skyscraper.

"Redevelop" is a contentious word in Mumbai, a city where builders have so much power they need to send their sons to the gym with bodyguards.

"We want to stay here," Panvalkar told the paper.

"Other 25 tenants of the building chose to leave, but that was their choice. The developer offered us money to move out, but we declined the offer and told him he should give us an apartment in the new building."  

In the same report, Haresh Mehta, director of the project's property developer Rohan Lifescapes, says, "We have made it clear that they can get an apartment of the same area (as the one they occupy now) in the new tower and we will also provide them alternate accommodation till the new building gets ready. But the sad part is that they have never come to us or our office."

Says Panvalkar's husband Prasad, "... forget about an apartment in Trump Tower, they haven't yet offered us an alternate accommodation."

Elsewhere in Trumpland: A new website called Tripping Up Trump (TUT) has established itself as "the popular movement against the use of compulsory purchase for private profit."

"TUT's campaign has stood alongside the people and protected environment threatened by Donald Trump’s [proposed golf course] in Aberdeenshire [in Scotland]," the site says.

Donald Trump wants this building: Pathare Prabhu has to come down for Trump Tower to go up.