Re­ha­bil­i­tated Kuk­shet lo­cals to get a tem­ple

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

Kuk­shet vil­lage was shifted to Nerul in 1995 due to pol­lu­tion from Herdil­lia Chem­i­cal com­pany in the MIDC area. While the vil­lagers were re­ha­bil­i­tated, the an­cient tem­ple re­mained at the old lo­ca­tion, some­thing that hurt the vil­lagers much over the years.

Fi­nally, with bhu­mipoo­jan for a Shani Mandir be­ing con­ducted on land given by the gov­ern­ment, ear­lier this week, the vil­lages are happy to get a tem­ple. The state gov­ern­ment had ac­quired and handed over land from farm­ers to Cidco from 95 vil­lages of Thane, Uran and Pan­vel talukas for the devel­op­ment of Navi Mum­bai.

The orig­i­nal vil­lages were, how­ever, al­lowed to re­main where they were. The MIDC too had ac­quired land in ThaneBe­la­pur belt and it too de­cided to al­low the vil­lagers to re­main where they were.

How­ever, af­ter Herdil­lia com­pany was es­tab­lished op­po­site Jui Na­gar rail­way sta­tion area, the com­pany asked for the vil­lage to be shifted. It filed a pe­ti­tion in the court stat­ing that it wanted to avoid a Bhopal gas tragedy kind of sit­u­a­tion.

Fol­low­ing court or­ders, Kuk­shet vil­lage was shifted in 1995 to Nerul. The vil­lage tem­ple re­mained in its orig­i­nal place.

Ev­ery year, dur­ing the an­nual ya­tra, the vil­lagers would seek spe­cial per­mis­sion from Herdil­lia Com­pany and visit the tem­ple for dar­shan. Gaodevi mandir and Gaon­devi pond are the unique high­lights of ev­ery vil­lage of the city.

The vil­lagers had long been de­mand­ing that a tem­ple be con­structed in Kuk­shet vil­lage and the idols of all gods and god­desses be brought to the new tem­ple.

Lo­cal cor­po­ra­tor Su­raj Patil said, “It was a ma­jor griev­ance of the lo­cal vil­lagers that we do not have a tem­ple in our area. We were forced to go to the old tem­ple.”

He added, “With land be­ing al­lot­ted by the gov­ern­ment, a grand tem­ple will be built here. Our wish has been ful­filled af­ter 20 years.”


The con­struc­tion of a tem­ple at Nerul has started.

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