Protest against de­lay in nod for re­de­vel­op­ment

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

CBD BE­LA­PUR: Res­i­dents of the di­lap­i­dated JN type build­ings of Vashi have de­cided to or­ga­nize a mas­sive mor­cha on Sun­day, against NMMC and CIDCO to protest the de­lay in grant­ing per­mis­sions for the re- de­vel­op­ment of the CIDCO-con­structed build­ings.

The men re­sid­ing in the build­ings have de­cided to par­tic­i­pate in the mor­cha in their un­der­gar­ments, wear­ing just chaddi and banyan. Sev­eral will later shave their heads. The women will beat thalis as a mark of protest. The pro­tes­tors will then ini­ti­ate a fast.

The mor­cha, to be held be­tween 5 pm and 7 pm will start from Al­bela Tower at sec­tor 9 in Vashi and head to Shivaji Chowk, then head to Vashi fire brigade, Vashi veg­etable mar­ket.

From there, it will pro­ceed to the po­lice chowkie to Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Samb­haji gar­den, Jai Ma­ha­rash­tra As­so­ci­a­tion, Ma­ha­laxmi Own­ers Apart­ment and end at Shraddha JN as­so­ci­a­tion.

Said Nilesh Mha­tre, a lo­cal res­i­dent, “It has been over a year since the govern­ment is­sued a no­ti­fi­ca­tion grant­ing 2.5 FSI for the re­de­vel­op­ment of di­lap­i­dated CIDCO con­struc­tion build­ings in the city. How­ever, the NMMC has de­spite ap­pli­ca­tions, not yet given per­mis­sion to any build­ing for the same.”

He added, “We are risk­ing our lives liv­ing here but the author­i­ties seem to care lit­tle. The mon­soons are due soon and once again it will be hell for us. We want to draw the at­ten­tion of NMMC and CIDCO towards our plight.”

NMMC of­fi­cials were not avail­able for com­ment.

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