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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
                                                         1
Forest Laws of 1927-1975 & 1980

   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
                                              2
    Public Interest Petition 2002
   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
                                              3
Districts affected
   Mumbai
   Thane
   Raighad
   Pune
   Nagar



                     4
Areas affected in Mumbai
   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)

                                                  5
Areas affected in Thane
   Wagle Estate
   Yeoor
   Ghodbundar Road




                          6
    Areas affected in Raigad
   Uran
   Turbhe
   Neral




                               7
    Areas affected in Pune
   Lonavala
   Pune District




                             8
Effects in Mumbai
   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)



                                                 9
Provisions of Indian Forest Act
1927

   Declaration of Forest
   Demarcation & Identification of Forest
    Boundaries
   Definition of Activities in Forest
   Protection of Forest
   Environment Protection
   Balance Development
                                             10
Provisions of Maharashtra Pvt. Forest Act
1975

   Acquisition of Pvt. Forest Land
   Stop further deterioration
   Protection of full forest
   Take possession of private forest land
   Stop release of forest land



                                             11
Provisions of Forest Conservation Act
1980

   Definition of activities in forest
   Clarification regarding non-forest
    activities
   Stopping release of forest land by State
    Govt.
   Conservation of forest land
   Environment protection

                                           12
Chief Secretary’s Order of 2005
Update 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

                                         13
Chief Secretary’s Order of 2005



                                  14
Circular of Forest Conservator, Mumbai of
20th 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


                                             15
Action taken by State Govt.
   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
                                             16
New corrected 7/12–Land Records

    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

                                           17
7/12–Land Records
                    18
Chaos, confusion in
Government records
   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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21
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Areas affected in Mulund
   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.

                                              23
Ramifications
   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.

                                                    24
Aim-Objective & Initiative
   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

                                         25
      Private Land Declared Forest by
      State Govt. – Mulund
Sr.No Survey No.   Area in Acres           Name of the Area
  1       232           17.18      Mulund Colony
  2       233           10.13      Mulund Colony
  3       235           8.36       Johnson & Johnson Garden
  4       236           2.15       Johnson & Johnson
  5       227           11.30      Johnson & Johnson
  6       228           3.34       Burroughs Welcome Co.
  7       229           12.50      Johnson & Johnson
  8       238           6.30       ESIS
  9       239           11.60      Veena Nagar
 10       243           11.21      Veena Nagar
 11       244         2.13.1/2     Veena Nagar
                                                              26
     Private Land Declared Forest by
     State Govt. – Mulund (Cont…)
12       245    5.10    Swapna Nagri
13       248   20.21    Yogi Hill
14       249    8.25    Swapna Nagri-Yogi Hill
15       252    5.60    Atithi
16       254   15.16    Atithi
17       250   11.30    Ghatipada
18       355    7.50    Hill Malbar
19       380    8.10    Malbar Hill
20       251    6.38    Model Town
21       211    6.50
      Total    190.30
                                                 27
Private Land Declared Forest by
State Govt. – VIKHROLI


  S.N Survey    Area in Acres   Name of the Area
     o   No.

   1     117        36.35       Godrej
   2     118        63.23       Godrej
   3     120        33.13       Godrej
        Total       132.71




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      Private Land Declared Forest by
      State Govt. – NAHUR
S.No.   Survey No. Area in Acres               Name of the Area
  1         88          41.10      Hoechst
  2         91          35.29      Burroughs Welcome Co.
  3        149          5.22       Ralliwolf
  4        147          16.00      Amar Nagar
  5        146          32.30      Lok, Mulund Darshan, Colony
                                   Dreamland, Rachna, Jai Shastri
                                   Nagar
  6        155          4.33       Colony
  7        156          2.29       Colony
        Total          136.53
                                                                    29
Private Land Declared Forest by
State Govt. – MAHUL
 S.No.    Survey No. Area in Acres Name of the Area
  1          15          25.14     Hill along B.A.R.C. ?
  2          17          16.30                     “
  3          18          19.14                     “
  4          19          22.16                     “
  5          20          25.24                     “
  6          21          23.14                     “
  7          22          22.16                     “
  8          23          19.28                     “
  9          26          20.38                     “
  10         27          26.08                     “
  11         28          18.24                     “
  12         36          13.14     Government Land
                                                           30
         Total          250.40
Govt owned ESIS Hospital at LBS
Road Mulund




                                  31
Govt owned ESIS Hospital at LBS
Road Mulund




                                  32
Johnson & Johnson Factory at
LBS Road Mulund




                               33
Rallies now Runwal Infinity-Mulund




                                     34
Burrough Welcome now Oberoi
Towers-Mulund




                              35
Rally Wolf now Nirmal ?




                          36
Hoechst now Nirmal Life Style-Mulund




                                       37
Hoechst now Nirmal Life Style-Mulund




                                       38
Affected Area-Yogi Hill, Swapna Nagari,
             Mulund (W)                   39
Affected Area-Yogi Hill, Swapna Nagari,
              Mulund (W)                  40
Action
   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’

                                                   41
Suggestions for Solution-Action Plan
   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

                                              42
Suggestions….                (contd.)
   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?
                                                 43
Muze Rahane Do !
 Mera Dosh Kya ?
 Meri Raksha Karo

 Muze Beghar hone se Bachao

 Muze Jine DO !

 Thank You

              Dr Kirit Somaiya
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