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Maharashtra: Mumbai's fishing community demand for justice after BMC drafts plan by Dipti Singh October 15,2020   |  Source: Free Press Journal

The oldest inhabitants of Mumbai, the Kolis – local fishing community have demanded natural justice and sought "fair” demarcation of their villages. Leaders from the Koli community claim that two years after their Koliwada land was surveyed, the final plan has excluded nearly 40 per cent of areas of Koliwadas. The BMC has invited suggestions and objections for newly demarcated boundaries of 13 koliwadas in Mumbai. On October 1, the BMC website published plans for 13 koliwadas with maps, giving a month’s time for citizens to submit suggestions and objections in writing. The citizens views would be later forwarded to the Revenue Department for recitations based on which the final plan will be framed.

The 13 koliwadas are Charkop, Chimbai, Gorai, Juhu, Khardanda, Madh, Versova, Borivali, Mahul, Malvani, Turbhey, Bhatti and Manori. The fishermen’s community has pointed out that the authorities have failed to mark open space for future extension of these koliwadas. Expressing their disappointment, community leaders plan to file their objections on the BMC’s draft plan. “Representatives of all Koliwadas cooperated with the surveyors, which included members of the Fisheries department, collectors office and UDRI. However, two years after the survey, we see that nearly

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