BMC to take church’s land, parishioners upset

The BMC has asked the Our Lady of Assumption church in Kandivli to surrender 0.5m to 4m of land.

Posted on October 22, 2012, 8:40 AM



The Bombay Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) decision to take 5m area of a 150-year-old church as a setback for the Poisar river-widening project has upset its parishioners.

The BMC has asked the Our Lady of Assumption church in Kandivli to surrender 0.5m to 4m of land at various points along the boundary wall in lieu of compensatory floor space index (FSI) for the church.

Apart from losing the playground in front of the church, what is upsetting parishioners more is that the society opposite the river, in which former deputy mayor Shailaja Girkar resides, has been asked to surrender only 1m land.

Churchgoers say they don’t have a problem with surrendering the land as it is for public welfare, but their issue is with the exception being made to the society.

The society was served a notice a year back and the church was served a notice after the retaining wall on the society’s side had been constructed.

“According to the law, all the affected parties should be served the notice together and before the commencement of the project,” said Lennon Miranda, a parishioner.

The project is being undertaken as part of the Brimstowad project, which began after the 2005 deluge in the city to augment the holding capacity of the river.

Ubicación del Distrito urbano R-S de Kandivli ...

Ubicación del Distrito urbano R-S de Kandivli en Mumbai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Civic officials have said that the setback area for the church is more as compared to the society due to the flow of the river.

“We are trying to train the river, widen it and construct a retaining wall around it. For this, we need different sizes of land along the river’s path and in exchange for the project, FSI will be given to the church,” said a civic official.

The church authorities say that they don’t need the extra FSI and that they will discuss the issue with other parishioners on Sunday to decide their next plan of action.


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Two acquitted in priest’s murder case

Father Peter Bombacha was found murdered at his first-floor residence in Mumbai.

Posted on October 22, 2012, 8:53 AM


A Court in Mumbai acquitted two tribal youth, accused of killing a retired priest in Vasai in 2010 for want of evidence.

The court also pulled up the Thane rural police for its shoddy investigation in the murder of Father Peter Bombacha.

Bombacha, 75, was found murdered at his first-floor residence, where he stayed alone, at Barampur in Vasai (W) on April 29, 2010.

The ground floor of the premises housed a chapel, where people prayed in the mornings.

Fr. Bombacha had 13 stab wounds on his body and a pair of scissor was stuffed into his mouth.

On November 1, 2010, the Thane rural police’s local crime branch arrested two tribal daily wage laborers Subhash Kakad, 20, and Rajesh Kakad, 20 from Vikramgad in connection with the case.

The police claimed that the two, who had begun construction work in the prayer hall four days before the murder, killed Bombacha while cleaning out the house.

According to police, Subhash stole holy vessels—a brass chalice and monstrance, which he assumed to be made of gold to fund his wedding.

Rajesh was accused of aiding the murder.

Defence counsel Santosh Khale told the court that the police claim that the gold-plated brass monstrance and chalice were missing from the prayer center was false as the witnesses had mentioned that monstrance was present after the murder.

The police in their charge sheet had said the holy vessels were found buried near Subhash’s house.

Judicial magistrate R M Joshi expressed surprise as to how the police had failed to obtain the fingerprints of the accused, if they had opened the door with the keys thrown by Bombacha.

Source: times of india

English: Map of Bassein(Vasai), a important to...

Map of Bassein(Vasai). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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