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Govt of Maharashtra Fatawa-unilateral Order of declaring forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra

Forest Dept wants possession

Result- thousands of Honest Residents in Panic

Presentation on Status & Solution

KIRIT SOMAIYA,Ex-MP

Vice President, BJP Maharasthra

8th March 2006


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Forest Laws of 1927-1975 & 1980 forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra

  • Indian Forest Act of 1927

  • Notices of Forest-Revenue Dept 1954

  • Bombay Govt Gazette of 1956…..

  • Maharashtra Pvt Forest(Aquition) Act 1975

  • Forest (Concervation) Act 1980

  • Petition 17/2002 on private forest land demarcation


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Public Interest Petition 2002 forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra

  • Implementation of forest acts demanded

  • Identification-demarcation-execution of provisions of private forest land

  • Forest Dept to complete identification

  • Revenue Dept to update land records

  • Collector to get possessions to forest dept

  • Forest Conservator to protect that land


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Districts affected forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra

  • Mumbai

  • Thane

  • Raighad

  • Pune

  • Nagar


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Areas affected in Mumbai forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra

  • Mulund (west of lbs road)

  • Nahur (west of lbs road)

  • Bhandup-some parts

  • Vikhroli (west) godrej colonies

  • Mahul (part of barc, bpcl, hpcl)

  • Chembur (part of barc, bpcl, hpcl)

  • Borivali (east of western express highway)

  • Kandivlai (east of western express highway)

  • Malad (east of western express highway)


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Areas affected in Thane forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra

  • Wagle Estate

  • Yeoor

  • Ghodbundar Road


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Areas affected in Raigad forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra

  • Uran

  • Turbhe

  • Neral


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Areas affected in Pune forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra

  • Lonavala

  • Pune District


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Effects in Mumbai forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra

  • 1000 acres of land (developed-residential)

  • 20 to 60 years old buildings

  • Industries and Government offices

  • Part of BARC, HPCL, BPCL ?

  • Godrej Colonies (Vikhroli West)


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Provisions of Indian Forest Act 1927 forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra

  • Declaration of Forest

  • Demarcation & Identification of Forest Boundaries

  • Definition of Activities in Forest

  • Protection of Forest

  • Environment Protection

  • Balance Development


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Provisions of Maharashtra Pvt. Forest Act 1975 forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra

  • Acquisition of Pvt. Forest Land

  • Stop further deterioration

  • Protection of full forest

  • Take possession of private forest land

  • Stop release of forest land


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Provisions of Forest Conservation Act 1980 forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra

  • Definition of activities in forest

  • Clarification regarding non-forest activities

  • Stopping release of forest land by State Govt.

  • Conservation of forest land

  • Environment protection


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Chief Secretary’s Order of 2005 forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - MaharashtraUpdate land records of forest land

  • Order issued under Maharashtra Pvt. Forest Act 1975

  • Forest Records of 1954-57 can’t be changed

  • forest land be released with Union Govt’s permision

  • Forest Clearance Procedure necessary

  • Directives of High Court to update forest land records before 31 May 2006


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Chief Secretary’s Order of 2005 forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra


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Circular of Forest Conservator, Mumbai of 20 forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtrath December 2005

  • Issued from Conservator of Forests dt. 20 Dec 05 u/no. 4896 / 2005-06

  • Mentioned that the work is to be done on war-footing

  • Order issued to make necessary changes in the land survey records


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Action taken by State Govt. forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra

  • Directive to find out areas, pieces of land to whom notices were issued during 1954-57.

  • The land remained in the name of private owners.

  • Changed it in state govt.’s name

  • Declared as forest

  • Possession to forest Department


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New corrected 7/12–Land Records forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra

  • A sample of 7/12 annexed

  • Entry 5079 included by Tehsildar/ Talati, Mulund on 30th January 2006

  • Liable to/under the provision of Maharashtra Private Forest Act


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7/12–Land Records forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra


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Chaos, confusion in Government records forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra

  • Forest/Land Revenue/Govt. do not have proper record

  • Data of 1954 notices incomplete

  • Chaos in old record-old survey-new surveys

  • Property cards changed in haphazard manner in 2006

  • Talati/Tehsildar/Forest Officer contradicting each other


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Areas affected in Mulund forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra

  • 21 Survey numbers declared as forest now.

  • Govt. unilaterally changed the ownership in own name.

  • Area covers Johnson & Johnson factory, ESIS Hospital, Burroughs Welcome Factory, Hoechst, Swapna Nagri, Mulund Colony, etc.

  • More than 10,000 housing flats involved.

  • Area falls between LBS Road and the hills.


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Ramifications forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra

  • Govt Authorities given permissions for Development in last 50 years

  • More than 1.5 lakh people, 1000 acres of land, i.e. 5 crore sq.ft. area will be disturbed.

  • Without considering the implications, the State Govt. has changed the records.

  • This will lead to mass demolition of hundreds of buildings resulting in economic loss of Rs.2,000 Crores.


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Aim-Objective & Initiative forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra

  • Decided to take up the issue as the human cause.

  • Interaction with the State Govt. & officials

  • Participation of Environment-Forest Ministry Delhi

  • To Protect the Honest Residents-Buyers


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Private Land Declared Forest by State Govt. – Mulund forest & acquiring thousands of acres developed land of Mumbai - Maharashtra
















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Action (Cont…)

  • Interacted with State Govt. Revenue and Forest officials

  • Detailed discussion with Environment Secretary and officials of GOI

  • Interaction with environment activists

  • Detailed presentation to the affected people

  • Discussion with legal experts

  • Formation of ‘Action Group’


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Suggestions for Solution-Action Plan (Cont…)

  • Prepare details of affected area people

  • Economic loss to be calculated

  • Compilation of facts

  • Preparation in chronological order of Government action from 1954 to 2006

  • Process of permissions, consent given by the Authorities for the development of this land in the last 50 years


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Suggestions…. (contd.) (Cont…)

  • Interaction with Environment Ministry, Govt. of India

  • Legal advice

  • Status of so-called forest land (photo feature of development)

  • State Govt. to approach and appeal in the Court to protect honest, innocent residents and buyers

  • Deforestation of this developed land

  • Mujhe Rahne Do – Mera Dosh Kya?


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Muze Rahane Do ! (Cont…)

  • Mera Dosh Kya ?

  • Meri Raksha Karo

  • Muze Beghar hone se Bachao

  • Muze Jine DO !

  • Thank You

    Dr Kirit Somaiya


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