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JUHU RESIDENTS FIGHT AGAINST ANOTHER OPEN SPACE SOLD TO PRIVATE DEVELOPER FOR MAKING A MALL

juhu-garden-2Residents of Juhu have been protesting against a “charitable” trust selling off a plot-allotted to them on charitable grounds-to a builder for constructing a mall. Sankalp ground-measuring almost 1.5 acres in plush Juhu-along with two other plots of similar area-was allotted to Bhanabhai Nenshi charitable trust for promoting educational activities in the 60s. After filing several RTI applications, residents found that the three plots were allotted for a secondary school, public library and a community hall. They allege that so far nothing has been done on either ground. In fact, it was used for celebrations like dandiya and marriages. Later they were in a rude shock when they found out that the transactions were carried out and the plot was sold to a private builder for building a shopping mall. When our team visited the site, the MCGM board that reads “proceedings under the MRTP Act are in progress and there is no permission for any kind of activity whatsoever” was still intact. We later on spoke with the local corporator Victor D’souza who stated that the plot was for educational work and that any kind of illegal activity would be strictly acted upon. Assistant municipal commissioner Anil Khoje however was unavailable for comment but in a tele-conversation stated that he stopped the work after residents complained and asked for papers from the builders and trustees to prove ownership. Our team also visited the charitable trust but they refused to speak on camera. While work has been stopped, it has been ten days now that MCGM had asked the builder to submit the permission papers which the civic body is yet to receive. However, if the past history of the influential builder’s lobby is anything to go by, Mumbai will loose yet another open space to the land mafia. With cameraperson Vijay, Ajax Khan for NMTV News.

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