Proposed Zoo in Maharashtra's Aarey Colony Threatens Livelihood, Harmful for Wildlife

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Aditi Patil

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Published on

June 10, 2019

June 10, 2019

Updated on

June 10, 2019

Location of Conflict

Aarey Colony

Mumbai

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Tourism

Zoo

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People Affected by Conflict

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

77

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Starting Year

2019

State

Maharashtra

Sector

Industry

In a landmark decision in September 2020, the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackrey announced 328.9 hectares of land in Aarey to be declared as reserve forest. This includes the plot for the Aarey zoo, a project conceived last year in 2019, which is now deemed to be cancelled. A resounding victory to activists and locals who had opposing the project. The project was conceived on June 5, 2019, when the Government of Maharashtra signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to set up a zoo in Aarey Colony in Maharashtras Goregaon. The proposed zoo was to be an extension of Veermata Jijabai Bhosle Udyan (Byculla zoo). Out of the 190 acres of government land in the area, approximately 100 acres of land were handed over to the BMC as part of the deal for the development of the internationalstandard zoo. Tribal communities under the banner of the Adivasi Rights Conservation Committee, Mumbai, led a protest against the decision on June 9. They claimed that at least sixseven hamlets will have to be relocated to set up the zoo. The families residing in the area practise paddy cultivation and are solely dependent on agriculture. The protesters noted that the proposed project will take away their lands, depriving them of their livelihood. They were also joined by urban crowds who believed that Aarey forests are the lungs of Mumbai and should not be destroyed. Since the signing of the MoU, wildlife activists protested the idea of displacing animals and tribals for the project. Tribal communities claimed that the area is frequented by leopards and that any construction activity will block the path of leopards and other wild animals. However, since the cancellation of the project, the State Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray, in October 2020, ordered authorities to stop work on the Zoo immediately and has asked for a report on the same.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Opposition against environmental degradation

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

500

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

Yes

When did it end?

September 2020

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Forest and Scheduled Area Governance Laws, Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community?

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Non-implementation/violation of FRA

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Case Number

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

No items found.

Whether criminal law was used against protestors:

Reported Details of the Violation:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra Forest Department

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Adivasi Rights Conservation Committee

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