Christians to march to Azad Maidan to protect land

Clara Lewis,TNN | Mar 5, 2014, 02.49 PM IST

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Fr. Austin Norris, Parish Priest; St. Anthony Church, Malwani, Explaining issue to the Media
 MUMBAI: Christians in Mumbai will march to Azad Maidan on Saturday to protest the unjust land acquisition notices issued to various churches and church-run schools.The protest is being held under the banner of Save Our Land (SOUL). Activists said since December they have been approaching various authorities including the municipal commissioner to withdraw the land acquisition notice in case of St Anthony’s church, Malwani, Malad (W).

“The church structure is approximately 400 years old, the church has already given 10,000 sq feet of land for the current road acquisition. The measurement for land acquisition is not from the middle of the road and most of the acquisition is from the church side,” said activists.

They pointed out that similar attempts at land acquisition has been made at St Peter’s church, Bandra, St Andrew’s church and the Parsi agiary lands also at Bandra. Similarly notices were issued to Sacred Heart church at Santa Cruz and Missionaries of Charity at Vile Parle.

Activists have demanded permanent withdrawal of land acquisition notices to Our Lady of Assumption church, Kandivali and St Joseph school, Kandivali.

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