More than 100 families in Govegoan village in Thane have opposed the construction of a car shed as part of Line 5 of the ThaneBhiwandiKalyan Metro project. The proposed car shed will come up on 36 hectares of land. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will construct the metro line.
According to a news report, residents of the village, who have organised themselves under the KonGove Sangharsh Samiti, held a press conference on October 12, 2019. In 2018, the MMRDA sent us notices to acquire the land for a car shed. The villagers have houses and shops on this land. They are not ready to give up their land as they will lose their source of income, the residents told journalists. They also sent a letter to the MMRDA listing their grievances.
Pandharinath Bhoir, secretary of the Samiti, reiterated that the people are not against the Metro project but demand that the government acquire land elsewhere. There is a plot of government land nearby, and the MMRDA can develop the car shed there, he says.
Their unwillingness to part with the land also stems from the low compensation that the MMRDA has offered. According to Bhoir, the compensation should at least match the market value. LCW tried to speak to the affected people but failed to get access to their contact details.
According to a media report, B.G. Pawar, joint metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA, said, We have heard that the villagers are not happy with the compensation. The land acquisition will be carried out as per the provisions of the LARR Act, and compensation will be given accordingly. We will examine the situation and hear the concerns of the villagers. The residents claim that the village land was acquired by the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) in 1979 to develop it into an industrial area. But the company refused to compensate the villagers settled on the land. The affected villagers approached the Bombay high court,** which ordered the MIDC **to return the land. They finally got their land back in 201112. The villagers say that two generations of their families have fought for the land, which is why they are not willing to give it up so easily. Metro Line 5 is expected to benefit more than 2.9 lakh people and will cut the travel time between Thane and Kalyan by 40 minutes. The metro stations will have connectivity to autorickshaw and bus stands.
Refusal to give up land for the project, Demand for more compensation than promised
Car shed should not be constructed on the village land and MMRDA should find another plot.
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Land Acquisition Laws, Other, Forest and Scheduled Area Governance Laws
Maharashtra Industrial Development Act, 1961
Chapter VI [This chapter contains the provisions relating to acquisition of land by the state government for the purposes of development]
Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013
Section 26 [While assessing the market value of land, the District Collector shall take into account the market value specified in the Stamp Act, the average sale price for similar land in the vicinity or the consented amount of compensation, whichever is higher]; Section 27 [After determining the market value of the land, the Collector shall determine the total amount of compensation to be paid, including all the assets attached to the land]
Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority Act, 1974
Chapter VIII [Procedure for the state government to acquire land and payment of compensation to every person with an interest in the land acquired]
Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996
Section 4(i) [Consultation with Gram Sabha mandatory before undertaking any land acquisition or development project]
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