More than 100 families in Govegoan village in Thane have opposed the construction of a car shed as part of Line 5 of the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan 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 Kon-Gove 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, they told journalists. They also sent a letter to the MMRDA listing their grievances.
Pandharinath Bhoir, secretary of the committee, reiterates 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.
As per 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 of Govegaon 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 2011-12. 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.
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