MADH GAOTHAN OB­JECTS TO KOLIWADA TAG, WRITES TO BMC

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - Ye­sha Ko­tak

Mumbai:res­i­dents of the gaothan in Madh Is­land have writ­ten to the sub­ur­ban col­lec­tor, Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) and fish­eries depart­ment, ask­ing for a change in the tag given to the area af­ter it was marked as a koliwada in the BMC’S De­vel­op­ment Plan 2034.

The res­i­dents from the East In­dian and Som­van­shi Ksha­triya com­mu­ni­ties have around 150 houses in the gaothan.

“The koliwada and gaothan are at a dis­tance of 100 me­tres. If our gaothan is marked as a koliwada, we will lose the sta­tus of be­ing landown­ers as koliwada falls un­der the col­lec­tor’s land,” said Cedric Mi­randa, pres­i­dent, Madh East In­dian As­so­ci­a­tion.

An­other de­mand raised by the com­mu­nity was de­mar­ca­tion and ex­ten­sion of the gaothan.

“Ac­cord­ing to the rules, there should be 200 me­tres ex­ten­sion to each gaothan ev­ery 10 years, but it has been 60 years since the last ex­ten­sion was made,” said Chan­drakant Patil, pres­i­dent, Som­van­shi Ksha­triya Sa­maj, Madh.

Over the years, with an in­crease in num­ber of fam­ily mem­bers, many of them have been ac­com­mo­dated on a nearby land, which does not fall within the bound­ary of the gaothan.

Koliwada and gaothans are dif­fer­en­ti­ated on the ba­sis of oc­cu­pa­tion. Res­i­dents of gaothans were farm­ers and koli­wadas are for fish­er­men.“we are look­ing into the mat­ter,” sub­ur­ban col­lec­tor Sachin Kurve told HT.

If our gaothan is marked as a koliwada, we will lose the sta­tus of be­ing landown­ers. CEDRIC MI­RANDA, pres­i­dent, Madh East In­dian As­so­ci­a­tion

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