Mumbai Catholics fight land acquisition move

They demand the civic body to revoke all land acquisition notices for river and road widening work.

Posted on November 29, 2012, 5:30 PM

Mumbai:Catholics in Mumbai plan to march through the city streets on Dec. 1 to protest Bombay Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) move to take over land from two churches and a Christian school in the city.

The BMC served notices to Our Lady of Assumption Church and St Joseph’s School in Kandivli and St. Anthony’s Church in Malad asking them to surrender portions of their land for development of civic infrastructure.

The Bombay Catholic Sabha along with the Save Our Land Committee (SOUL) would take out the rally and hold a meeting later to discuss their next course of action on Dec. 1.

The groups also demanded the BMC to revoke all land acquisition notices for river and road widening work.

The BMC has asked the Kandivli church to surrender 0.5 metre to 4 metre of width of land at various points along the boundary wall.

“The river is 36 metre wide near the church but at several points, it is 10 metre. Why can’t BMC widen those portions and deepen the river to increase the holding capacity,” said Dolphy D’souza, SOUL spokesperson.




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Locals protest church, school acquisition notice
BMC serves order on two churches and a school in Kandivli for nullah widening project
DNA Correspondent

Angered by the civic body’s acquisition notices to two churches and a school, Kandivli locals have demanded that they withdraw the notices and have planned a protest rally on December 1.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued the acquisition notices to St Joseph High School and churches Our Lady of the Assumption and St Anthony’s in Kandivli asking them to handover a stretch of land for its proposed nullah widening projects across the city.
“The civic body wants parts of the cemetery, school ground and the two churches for widening the Poisar river. If we agree, we will loose a playground which nearly 1,700 children use and our ancestors’ graves,” said Dolphy D’Souza, spokesperson of Save Our Land Committee (SOUL).
D’Souza said that the 36m-wide nullah is the widest at the school and the church. Its width varies between 4 and 20 metres at other locations. “At some places, there is no space for the flow of the water as they are encroached by slums, covered with garbage, etc. The civic body now wants to widen the nullah at the churches and the school instead of using alternative methods like clearing the debris or deepening the nullah,” she said.
Godfrey Pimenta of Sahar Citizens Forum, who is supporting SOUL, asked, “A nullah in Marol (east) is being deepened. Then why can’t they do that here?”
St Anthony’s has also been proposed as a Grade II-A structure in the draft heritage list. “So we have asked civic officials to consult the heritage committee first.” Pimenta added.
SOUL also questioned the civic body’s proposed move of widening the Malad-Madh road.
“The area falls under the Coastal Regulation Zone and the No Development Zone beyond St Anthony’s. Defence establishment INS Hamla has also objected to the development due to security reasons in the past. Despite all these, the BMC is going ahead with widening the road,” D’Souza said.
To voice their demands, SOUL has also planned a ‘Peace rally’ on Saturday, December 1 in Kandivli (W).

Published Date:  Nov 29, 2012

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