Dapachari News | Spell out plan to shift tabelas in a week, HC tells govt

12 Dec 2008, 0343 hrs IST, Shibu Thomas, TNN
MUMBAI: It’s time for buffaloes to bid adieu to the city. Decks have been cleared to shift the 2,000-odd tabelas spread across the suburbs to Dahanu. The Bombay high court on Thursday asked the Maharashtra government to come up with a plan in a week on how it would go about relocating the tabelas. The shifting of the tabelas__when it eventually happens__may unlock land in the city for development, including the Aarey Milk Colony which is spread over 3,000 acres. There are 300 tabelas in Aarey Colony, in addition to the 1,700 spread around the city, housing 51,000-odd buffaloes. Hearing a petition filed by NGO Janhit Manch, a division bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice Sharad Bobde, indicated that the tabela owners may have no option but to move out. This followed a report submitted by the court appointed commissioners’ advocates Amit Sale and Shekhar Jagtap after a site visit to Dapchari in Dahanu where 2,677 hectares of land have been earmarked for a dairy project. The report said that infrastructure facilities in the form of a power station, internal roads, green cover, waste disposal facilities, a school and a health centre have been put in place. Further, there was ample water resources, including the Kurje dam and a water tank with five lakh litre capacity. The team also visited Kaman and Devdhal villages in Vasai, which the tabela owners prefer for rehabilitation. The tabela owners do not want to move to Dahanu, claiming that the site is 143 km away from the city. The court commissiones, in their report, revealed that the Vasai sites were unsuitable as the exisiting tabelas there were disposing their waste in natural water resources and polluting the area. According to the petitioners, the tabelas were occupying premium land in the city meant for housing and civic amenities. A damning report by the Maharashtra Control Board in December 2005 revealed that waste generated from the tabelas was causing massive pollution in the surrounding areas. It added that overall the situation was very bad due to dung and washing activity as guidelines of the MPCB were not being followed by the tabela owners.

Original at : http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2008-12-12/mumbai/27901565_1_dahanu-water-resources-waste-disposal-facilities 

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