Fr. Austin Norris Showing around Mr. Kunte, Mun. Commissioner.
RE: SATYAGRAHA MARCH ON SATURDAY, 19 JANUARY at 9.30 a.m. from Holy Cross, Asmita Jyoti Society, Charkop, Marve Road, Malad WEST to the P/North Ward Office .
1]Mr. Sitaram Kunte, Municipal Commissioner visited both sites today, January 19th between 9.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani
and Our Lady of Assumption Church.
Listens to the presentation made by the SOUL Team on the various issues, injustices in reference to the below mentioned issues.
Assures the SOUL TEAM that he would review both the issues and revert to us with his decision.
2] Over 8000 citizens undertake a Satyagraha March from Holy Cross, Asmita Jyoti Society, Charkop, Malad West to the P/North Ward Office.
Delegation handed over a memorandum to the Asst. Municipal Commissioner along with the first lot of 40,000 signatures .
3]SOUL Team decides that they will continue their Satyagraha protests till both the issues and the implementation of the Cemetery is not done on a priority basis.
4] SOUL Team / Watchdog Foundation/ Bombay East Indian Association and several other’s organise a Unique protest on Marathon Day, January 20 near Ambassador Hotel, Churchgate. While welcoming the Marathoners, we raised our issues also.
4]Announces the next Satyagraha March on Saturday, February 16 at 10.00 a.m. from Our Lady of Assumption Church, Kandivali to R/ South Ward, Kandivali.
PERMANENTLY WITHDRAW NOTICES OF ACQUISITION!!!
ST. ANTHONYS CHURCH, MALWANI.
ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL GROUNDS.
OUR LADY OF ASSUMPTION CHURCH, KANDIVALI.
ALLOT LAND FOR CEMETRY ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE WESTERN SUBURBS.
On December 20th our delegation along with Mr. Julio Rebeiro had met with Mr. Sitaram Kunte, Municipal Commissioner and discussed with him our grievances and our issues. Mr. Sitaram Kunte had assured the delegation that he would do site visits at both the Churches and then convey his decision to us.
We are happy to announce that on January 19, the Municipal Commissioner, Shri Sitaram Kunte visited both the sites namely, St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani and Our Lady of Assumption Church, Kandivali. Mr. Kunte heard the SOUL delegation on the various injustices done in reference to the above two issues. Mr. Kunte said he would review both the issues and let us know his decision accordingly. Adv. Godfrey Pimenta with Adv. Ralston Fernandes/ Stanley and the others handled the defence brilliantly at St. Anthony’s Church Malwani and likewise Adv. Godfrey Pimenta along with Prashanth Pereira, Lennon Miranda and the others at Our Lady of Assumption Church did a superb job.
Over 8000 citizens comprising parishioners, members of the The Bombay Catholic Sabha, PTA and people of all faiths and organisations undertook a Satyagraha March from Holy Cross, Asmita Jyoti Society, Charkop to the P/ North Ward Office. The delegation submitted a memorandum along with 40,000 signatures to the Asst. Municipal Commissioner.
The Delegation impressed upon the Asst. Municipal Commissioner that we are not against development . However our community is upset by the callous approach of the BMC authorities against such unjust plans of acquiring church lands. Christians have always been treated as soft targets by the Government and the BMC.
In the current Road widening, St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani has willingly parted with sizeable parts of their land and Our Lady of Assumption Church, Kandivali in the past has also given sizeable parts of the land for development purposes.
However we feel that the current acquisition notices are unjust. We will continue our agitation till these issues are resolved to the benefit of the community
Our next morcha is scheduled on February 16 on BMC R/ South Ward , more details will be shared with the Media shortly.
The members of the delegation led by the SOUL Team were: Fr. Austin Norris, Parish Priest, St. Anthony’s Church, Fr. Gerald Fernandes, Parish Priest and Fr. Byron Mendonca, Asst. Parish Priest , Our Lady of Assumption Church, Fr. Daniel Fernandes , Asst. Parish Priest, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Orlem, Fr. Savio, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Forsaken, Fr. Allwyn Misquitta, Asst . Parish Priest, St. John Bosco Church,Borivali, Sr. Gertie, Yucca Gomes, Vice-President St. Anthony ChurchParish Council, Ms Fatima Pereira, Headmistress of St. Joseph’s Primary School, Aurelius Pereira, Chairman, BCS Unit of OLAC , Soul Team consisted of Stanley Fernandez, Greg Pereira, Bernadine Dcosta, Prashanth Pereira, Lennon Miranda, Alex Dmello, Godfrey Pimenta, President –Sahar Citizens Forum, Nicholas Almeida- President- St. John Baptist Church Save Committee, Rashid Azim, President of the All India Milli Council, Mumbai, Activists Anil Joseph, Daphne Warapen and Dolphy D’souza, Spokesperson, SOUL Team.
Among the organizations who have supported this campaign are: The Bombay Catholic Sabha, Sahar Citizens Forum, Watchdog Foundation, St. John Baptist Church Save Committee, All Indian Milli Council , Mumbai ,PTA Members of both St Josephs High School & St. Anthony’s High School, Silent Voice, Mobai Gaothan Panchayat , various other NGO’s , citizens and activists.
We thank Fr. Barthol Barretto, Dean of the Borivali Deannery and all the Parish Priests / Clergy Team /Parishioners for their support and success of our Satyagraha.
Thursday, January 24 at 8.00 p.m.: Meeting of SOULmates and Volunteers at St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani. To review and plan our next moves.
Sunday, January 27 at 10.15 a.m. : Meeting at Our Lady of Assumption Church, Kandivali to plan the February 16 Morcha.
Soulmates and Volunteers please make sure you attend both the meetings. We also invite all those who are interested in being part of this campaign to join for these meetings.