Christians angered over illegal crosses

Religious structures deemed illegal by the BMC.


Mumbai:  Christians in Mumbai have strongly objected to the civic corporation’s move to classify crosses on public properties as illegal structures.

“The entire blame for the mess rests squarely with the civic legal department,” said Godfrey Pimenta, vice-president of the Bombay East Indian Association.

“It is unimaginable that protected religious structures, which are in existence even prior to the birth of the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) and are listed as heritage structures, are now suddenly deemed illegal by the BMC,” he said.

There is nothing more blasphemous than the present categorization done by the committee that has labeled almost every religious structure within the BMC limits as illegal.

Pimenta said if the government could accord status of protected structure to residential and commercial premises in existence prior to January 1, 1995 and subsequently extended to January 1, 2000 then why the same cannot be granted to all religious structures.

Pimenta alleged that the municipal commissioner had been kept in the dark about the legality of the structures and hence the notice of December 28 terming all structures as encroachments.


Source: times of india

Christians , Illegal Crosses , Mumbai , BMC





  1. dmelloalex said,

    January 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    The Arch diocese should put up a strong legal team for any such eventualities. we have space, money and influence. If we do not use our influence now then we will never get another chance to defend our crosses & faith. It’s the property of the community and should be fought at the expense of the community. Instead AD chose to be a mere bystander on so many issues as I observed ever since attacks on religious places started in the last quarter century. Do not understand who is stopping whom, where & why? How can individuals are left to fend for issues facing the community? Strange but true.


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