Agitated with the issue of the non-extension scheme for the demarcation of gaothan lands, the residents of gaothans protested at suburban collector’s office at Bandra, on Saturday. A delegation of the residents met collector Sachin Kurve and handed over a memorandum detailing their demands. The demarcations of the gaothans that have existed since 1960 were to be completed over a year ago. Until now, only 53 gaothans have been marked and the rest have been omitted.
“If the rest of gaothans are not marked, there is likelihood of these gaothans being declared as slums by the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA). This means, builders will enter and try to exploit our land,” said a protestor. The residents have demanded, the gaothans need to be super imposed on the Development Plan.
They also said, as per the gaothan extension scheme, the boundaries of the gaothans are extended every 10 years by 200 metres on the periphery, but this exercise was last done in the year 1960. “This gaothan extension should have been done six times at least in the last 60 years,” said Godfrey Pimenta Trurtee, Watch Dog Foundation, which participated in this protest. Commenting on the issue, Kurve told Free Press Journal, “I have accepted the letter of their demands. I will look into it”