‘Harassed’ by BMC, Mumbai Catholics to protest demolition drive

November 22, 2016 by  
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Mumbai, November 22, 2016: Catholic associations and activists in the city are organising a silent protest on November 24 against demolitions by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) targeting the community.

Members of the Watchdog Foundation, The Bombay East Indian Association, and Bombay Catholic Sabha along with local Catholics have decided on the protest after a long-standing fight with the BMC, regarding a Cross located at Alfred Creado Road in Vile Parle.

The organisers said the civic body has been targeting the community when it comes to demolishing illegal shrines.

President of the Bombay East Indian Association, advocate Vivian D’Souza said, “We are not against development. Since 2003, five crosses have been removed for widening of roads.

However, every time civic polls draw closer, BMC asks for documents related to the Alfred Creado Road Cross. Why should we submit documents every time a new official or government comes to power?”

“The court order mentions that the shrines built after 1961 are illegal. Why should this cross be demolished then? It came into existence much before that,” he added.

Advocate Prahlad Bhilare said, “If a particular shrine falls in the line of road widening and development, then it has to be removed. There are certain government policies that are followed while removing shrines, but if they are really old, then an alternate space has to be allotted.”

– mid-day

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