Sunday, August 29, 2010




Recent media reports have highlighted the plight of 45 familes who have been living here  AT PETER CHAWL, JOHN BAPTIST ROAD, BANDRA WEST, MUMBAI 50 since more than 8 decades. The land is part of St,.Peters  Church Bandra West properties,  which was sold to a builder some years ago, on an as is where is basis. It also appears that according to the reports, these families were part of the discussion with that earlier builder as they are a protected lot. The first builder has now sold the plot to another builder, called  KML ESTATES PRIVATE LIMITED LOWER PAREL, MUMBAI 13. The builder therefore is liable to take care of the families housed thereon. Instead he has sent them eviction notices without  entering into any dialogue or discussion with them.  Now local and outside goons are bothering them and using muscle power to evict them from the land.


This is the second case in Bandra, following Pereirawadi. Pereirawadi issue  almost left  100 families homeless overnight due to Ministeral and local Political pressure and builder nexus.  Some of  Their houses were demolished  and the families including senior citizens were dishoused living on the streets for a good length of time. There was no respite from political ends on the contrary the various departments at the Collectors office, High Power Committee and the local police station were succumbing to heavy political pressure and these poor families were going through a very traumatic period. It was the Catholic Sabha, NGOs.Bandra churches.resident organizations and local people who supported them and the access to the legal options that gave them respite.With Almightys help they are still in their homes that were spared due to timely intervention.A legal battle is on and the can of worms on this scam has opened up. Sadly despite persistent RTIs and other legal options used, they are still struggling to get co-operation from the police and other departments to save themselves from the builder-politican nexus.


To show solidarity to both  these affected families,  we have decided to have a silent march  for which  handbills will be distributed and announcements made… ….. From Peters to Pereiras in Bandra West, both wadis need your support to get their homes. Come in large numbers to support them and show your solidarity. Join the PRAYER WALK ON 5TH. SEPTEMBER at 6.30pm from Peterwadi, John the Baptist Road, near Pioneer Hallo, Bandra West. Show them you  CARE. Our United front and support will give them courage and strength to face their iossues. Soon v could also be homeless. WAKE UP BANDRA,  supported by BOMBAY CATHOLIC SABHA, HWEST WARD CITIZENS TRUST and other associations….. Daphne Warapen Executive council member of  Bombay Catholic Sabha. And  member of  H West  Ward Citizens Trust  Mumbai.



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