One Hundred years old Wellington Colony has disappeared into oblivion making way for some high rises. Its Ok; we have no issue; for that matter no one should bother about it.
However, the Developer has annexed the road between erstwhile Wellington Colony and St. Teresa’s Convent High school; creating inconvenience to the students of the school.
Developer is attempting to demolish or move it to insignificant site, the HOLY CROSS still standing on the spot.
Yours truly has taken up the issue with Municipal Commissioner to act upon it. Hope to get support from all of you to resolve this issue and do justice to students and the HOLY CROSS, the symbol of Christian Faith.
LETTER ADDRESSED TO BMC COMMISSIONER FOR URGENT ACTION…
GREG R PEREIRA
A7 Rodrigues Compound, Malwani Village, Marve Rd.
Malad (W), Mumbai – 400095;
Contact: Cell: 9870719628; E Mail: email@example.com
6th, April, 2016;
Shri Ajoy Mehta,
Mumbai – 400001;
Shri Sharad Ugade
H West ward, BMC
St. Martin’s Road, Bandra (W),
Mumbai – 400050
SUB: – Illegal annexure of the public road by a Developer and turning of blind eye by BMC H West Ward towards it;
The subject itself clarifies what the matter is. This pertains to WELLINGTON COLONY in Santacruz on plots bearing CTS Nos. 401, 402 & 415 to 438 of BANDRA – H Village, situated between S. V. Road and Hasnabad Road No. 2; which is in possession of the entity called Robin Home Developers and its Nominee Sumer Associates. But that is not the issue here.
We would like to draw your attention to one fact that the Developer has annexed this road, having width of Fifteen feet approximately; refusing access to public, which hitherto was being used by them. More importantly, students of adjacent St. Tereza Convent have been put into inconvenience. The Developer has blocked the gate of the school which had opening on this road, by putting up high tin sheets, from where the students used to board and alight the School Buses; forcing students to spill over on the SV Road, which could be dangerous to them. The gate perhaps must have been blocked by putting up a brick wall, which I am not sure of.
Well Gentlemen, I am not here to plead with you for help, but to put facts before you to prove that this road has illegally been annexed by the developer, perhaps with connivance of BMC staff from the H West ward office. It has been mentioned so in the subject matter above.
In the plan issued by BMC’s DP department clearly shows this road, leading from SV Road to Hasnabad Road No.2. Copy of the same is attached herewith for your reference. The plan also shows that Wellington colony had their gate situated on this road allowing residents to access SV Road, passing through it, clearly indicating that it is a public road. So how could the developer block the road which is being used by pubic for around one hundred years? Remember, both, the Wellington colony and St. Teresa Convent came into existence in around 1917 to 1920.
I therefore, as a concern citizen, call upon you to prevail upon the developer to remove the road blocks put up by him and open this one hundred years old road, for the use of public as well as to the students of St. Teresa Convent immediately. It will be in the interest of your dignity as well; because the developer seems to have violated your guidelines, right under your nose. It is needless to say that this has been done with the intention to enhance the value to his project by showing direct access to SV Road, through this illegally annexed road.
Besides, it is reliably learnt that the developer has got the project approved under Slum Rehabilitation Scheme (SRA). If it is so, it is another sham. How could a high profile colony be converted into a slum? Is it to gain extra FSI under SRA Scheme? Could you please investigate this matter and put a stay on this project?
While on the subject of Wellington Colony, there is a HOLY CROSS; the sign of Christian faith standing on the plot and venerated by residents of the colony for over FIFTY YEARS, which the developer wants to demolish, but haven’t done so for the fear of backlash from the community; and rightly so. Any attempt by the developer to remove it, will meet with stiff resistance from the community. The HOLY CROSS remains where it stands today. It is under the care of committee, established by H. E. Oswald Cardinal Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai; to look into the matter related to all such holy structures. Yours truly is one of the members on this committee.
GREG R. PEREIRA
Encl: Copy of DP plan W 48 K/West,
Copy to: 1. Commissioner of Police, Mumbai; for information.
- H. E. Oswald Cardinal Gracias: Archbishop of Mumbai;