Al­low us to de­velop prime Kar­ave plot, say vil­lagers

87-acre ear­marked for re­gional park but builders eye farm­ers’ land

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NERUL: An 87-acre stretch of land in Kar­ave along the Palm Beach Road, which has been ear­marked for a park, is cur­rently a much­cov­eted spot for de­vel­op­ers.

Owing to its prime lo­ca­tion, the land is in de­mand among de­vel­op­ers but de­vel­op­ment work is not al­lowed on the land, be­long­ing to lo­cal farm­ers, as it has been ear­marked for a re­gional park and as a green zone.

The lo­cal vil­lagers have re­alised the po­ten­tial of the area and are de­mand­ing a per­mit for de­vel­op­ment from the chief min­is­ter.

Last week, Chan­drakant Tan­del, pres­i­dent of Agri Kala and Sanskriti San­tha, Navi Mum­bai, made the de­mand on be­half of the vil­lagers in a let­ter to chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fadnavis.

The state gov­ern­ment had ac­quired all land of farm­ers re­sid­ing in 95 vil­lages of Thane, Uran and Pan­vel for the de­vel­op­ment of Navi Mum­bai. How­ever, the 87-acre land in Kar­ave had not been ac­quired.

Ear­lier, some houses of vil­lagers and a small tem­ple of the vil­lagers were de­mol­ished by City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) as they were il­le­gal.

Vil­lagers still farm on the land and fish in a hold­ing pond.

Sev­eral build­ings, in­clud­ing the NRI com­plex, were con­structed near the area but no de­vel­op­ment has taken place on this stretch of the land. The farm­ers, too, do not have per­mis­sion to con­struct their own homes.

Sources said the de­vel­op­ers are lur­ing farm­ers to sell the land at throw­away prices by telling them that the gov­ern­ment will seize the land and not pay them.

“Cidco had ear­lier taken away the land at dirt cheap prices and is­sues such as re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion have been pend­ing for years. Un­der such cir­cum­stances, we should be al­lowed to de­velop the land that be­longs to us,” said lo­cal cor­po­ra­tor Vinod Mha­tre. “There is a de­mand that the reser­va­tion for a re­gional park in the area be lifted.”

“The land should be ac­quired by Cidco and the farm­ers should be com­pen­sated on the lines of the air­port or they should be paid the mar­ket price of the land,” said Mha­tre.

Cor­po­ra­tor Ganesh Mha­tre said, “In Navi Mum­bai, only Kar­ave vil­lagers have land in their name. The gov­ern­ment is plan­ning to take over the land and de­velop a re­gional park. But, if the gov­ern­ment wants the land it should com­pen­sate the vil­lagers ad­e­quately or give de­vel­op­men­tal per­mis­sion.”

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