For 27 vil­lages in Thane, au­ton­omy is the key mantra

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - STATE - Naveeta Singh S_­[email protected]­

THANE: With up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tions, the is­sue of 27 vil­lages in Dom­bivli-Kalyan have again gained mo­men­tum in Thane district. This time the res­i­dents not only want their own mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion, but even 10 growth cen­tres as promised by the BJP led Fad­navis gov­ern­ment. For the past few years the res­i­dents of 27 vil­lages in Dom­bivli-Kalyan have been ral­ly­ing to get an au­ton­o­mous sta­tus. In 2004 they were re­moved from the KDMC (Kalyan Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion) ju­ris­dic­tion and had their own gram pan­chay­ats.

How­ever, in 2006 MMRDA (Mum­bai Met­ro­pol­i­tan Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity) was ap­pointed as their plan­ning au­thor­ity.“But MMRDA wasted nine to 10 years to plan our progress and there was prac­ti­cally next to no devel­op­ment in our area,” al­leges Gu­lab Vaze, vice pres­i­dent, sang­harsh samiti, 27 vil­lages. “We were promised a sep­a­rate mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil by state gov­ern­ment and we want our de­mand to be met,” said Vaze.

Other than that, the vil­lagers also want 10 growth cen­tres that was promised by chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis and Rs 1000 crore fund was also sanc­tioned for the same. Th­ese cen­tres are to come up in Nilje, Katai, Kole, Gh­e­sar, He­du­tane, some parts of Man­gaon, Dhari­vali, Usar­gar, some parts of Bhopar and will pro­vide job op­por­tu­ni­ties

to the lo­cals so that they do not have to come to Mum­bai and other sur­round­ing ar­eas. “For last three years we are wait­ing for th­ese growth cen­tres in our ar­eas. Hope the gov­ern­ment give us a good deal,” he added.

The third and the most im­por­tant de­mand is to reg­u­larise the con­struc­tion. “While MMRDA wasted the past 10 years do­ing noth­ing for us, there was a lot of con­struc­tion in our area sanc­tioned by the gram pan­chay­ats. But for the past one to one and a half years the reg­is­tra­tion of th­ese con­structed houses, build­ings, ten­e­ments have stopped. We want th­ese con­struc­tions to be reg­u­larised,” he added.

The Samiti have threat­ened to take ac­tion if the de­mands are not met in time.“We will soon de­cide a fu­ture course of ac­tion and pur­sue our is­sues ag­gres­sively. We will also de­cide whom to vote for ac­cord­ingly,” said Vaze. Th­ese vil­lages have a cu­mu­la­tive pop­u­la­tion of over 3 lakh.

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