Green loss: Aarey’s tribal set­tle­ments may be re­de­vel­oped

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MUM­BAI: The civic body may have just opened up one of Mum­bai’s few re­main­ing green lungs to ex­ploita­tion.

In its re­vised draft de­vel­op­ment plan 2034, the civic body has for the first time not only recog­nised Adi­wasi­padas or tribal set­tle­ments, but also granted it a floor space in­dex (FSI) of 1.5.

Sim­ply put, this move may al­low 27 tribal set­tle­ments in the Aarey Milk Colony alone, and sev­eral others around Sanjay Gandhi Na­tional Park and Go­rai to be opened up for re­de­vel­op­ment.

This is along with propos­ing a metro car shed on 30 hectares of Aarey, and a reser­va­tion of 250 hectares for a zoo as an ex­ten­sion to the By­culla zoo.

Green ac­tivists are not happy with the move to grant FSI for Adi­wasi­padas in such nat­u­ral ar­eas. “There are about 59 such Adi­wasi­padas and 27 are in Aarey alone. The civic body should look at pre­serv­ing our habi­tat, as we are the orig­i­nal set­tle­ments here. We never de­manded any ad­di­tional FSI, all we ever de­manded was recog­ni­tion and care,” said Prakash Bhoir, a res­i­dent of one of Aarey’s Adi­wasi­padas and the deputy dis­trict head of Shram­jeevi Sang hat na, a group work­ing for the rights of trib­als in the city.


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