NMMC plans to acquire land from adhivasis within Adivili and Bhutavali villages near Mahape, for developing an amusement park has received another setback. NMMC had taken special permission from the general body in 2006 to acquire around 644 hectares at market price in Adivili-Bhutavali area to build the park. It was supposed to acquire 513.92 ha from forest department and 130.86 ha from private land owners but failed to do so till now.
Currently, a private developer has reportedly sought the town planning department’s permission to build a residential township over 130 acres in the same region. Shiv Sena corporator Kishore Patkar has raised voice against this plan of NMMC to acquire this green land for commercial purposes to be a private builder . He says that “It was brought to my knowledge that a private developer is eyeing the plot of land for a residential township, which cannot be allowed as NMMC is the planning body and has reserved the area for developing an amusement park.
A budgetary allocation of Rs 1 lakh, under the municipal estate department, has been made for the land acquisition. “NMMC needs to find out how can someone purchase adivasi lands, as it is not allowed under MRTP act. Giving the land to a private developer will have damaging effects on the environment,” he added. The additional town planning officer Sunil Hazare acknowledged that such a move has been made but stated that the proposal is under scrutiny. It is indeed ridiculous that during the time of global warming and intense hot climatic conditions few selfish greedy minds want to destroy the lungs of the city the green cover to felicitate a housing complex.