Month: November 2018

Mahul sit-in enters 32nd day, project affected citizens protesting since a year. Deaths continue…

Mahul sit-in enters 32nd day, project affected citizens protesting since a year. Deaths continue…

Residents of Mahul are not complaining about the serious health issues and deaths since yesterday or day before but since more than a year.

One of those photos during the starting of Mahul movement in 2017


Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis continues to remain silent on the issue involving lives of 30,000 citizens.

They came on the street a month back to demonstrate and demand their relocation from Mahul to a safer place.



Even the Court ordered the govt. to do so. However, govt failed to address issues and is only responding to residents by hollow assurances.
The Chief Minister who has to take final decisions on the matter has not found any time in this period of whole one year to meet and hear grievances of the residents.

We have a very basic demand-protection of lives. The apathetic and callous attitude of the government is sending a very wrong message-that the Chief Minister has got all the time in the world to attend fancy programs but consider the issue of saving lives of human least on his agenda.

The residents are determined and will fight until the end. In the coming week, we will hold more and more programs at the site of dharna and outside dharna to pressurise the govt for a constructive dialogue and solution.

A huge bike rally happened. The rally started at 2pm from the dharna site in Vidya vihar east and ended at Mantralaya.



Bike Rally for Mahul


Maharashtra govt. has cheated poor residents of Mahul.
Housing Minister, Shri Prakash Mehta had assured residents of Mahul that all of them can be given houses in Kurla HDIL .

The assurance was given under pressure from the residents of Mahul who are agitated by Government’s non-compliance of High Court’s order which had directed Government of Maharashtra to relocacte Mahul residents as the area is hit by a worst level of industrial pollution.

However, today the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis said the tenements in Kurla cannot be allotted as they are under litigation.

What CM offered to do as part of the solution of the problem is only sanctioning the 350 houses which were offered by MHADA to Mahul residents. This is not the complete solution as total families living in Mahul are around 5,500.

A meeting was held today with the Chief Minister on the insistence of Shiv Sena youth leader Aditya Thackrey in presence of MHADA president, Uday Samant and Mr. Thackrey himself. None of the representatives of Mahul residents were called for the meeting.

What is offered today by the government is not something the government benevolently offered, as in past the government had outrightly rejected to provide any alternative tenements. It is only after hard-earned negotiation and initiative of ShivSena youth leader that the MHADA offered these tenements. It is also not the case that there are no tenements available at all.

In fact, through RTI we have found that there are almost one lakh tenements available in Mumbai which are meant for Project Affected Persons.  So, this means that if the Kurla HDIL tenements cannot be allotted then there are still umpteen number of tenements available which can be allotted to Mahul residents. What is lacking is simply government will to save to the lives of Mahul residents who are under constant life threat due to worst level of industrial pollution in the area.

The Chief Minister does not even have the courtesy to meet the representatives of the Mahul residents to discuss and resolve the issue. The residents have been trying to meet him for more than a year. Agitated by this callous behaviour of the government, resident took out a bike rally today to Mantrayalay. They displayed large postcards which were addressed to the chief minister reminding him about meeting the residents. Few of the bikers were detained by the police for such for taking out the rally. Today’s police action sends out only one message that it is a crime today to even demand protection of life.

Yesterday, was the 31st day of the sit-in which is being held at Vidya Vihar by the residents of Mahul who are demanding compliance of High Court’s order which directed the Government of Maharashtra to relocate the residents of Mahul. Chief Minister statement has agitated the residents by his insensitive way of addressing the issue. More than hundred people have died so far due to the pollution in Mahul. Looks like he is waiting for more people to die to act. The future course of movement of Mahul residents will be decided and announced soon.


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Pics and text by Bilal Khan from GBGB Andolan

|Patwardhan Park|BMC is painting horses to make them look like Zebras

Effects of New DCPR-2034 on Greater Mumbai.Effects of New DCPR-2034 on Greater Mumbai:

The public park lands were left open to meet the ecological need of that locality. Local authorities must stop unethical exploitation of these natural park lands for any other purposes. It is
ridiculous to have multiple activities of different nature on any public park.
happiness is freedom;

Citizens’, the secret to don’t lose your freedom. The Development Control & Promotion Regulations 2034 has proposed sewage treatment plants, electric substations, underground parking and shopping hubs below.

Open public spaces and land reserved for playgrounds, and gardens in future.

Painting donkeys to look like zebras has happened before,

Now, BMC is painting a horse to resemble a zebra!


After Byuclla’s Jhulla Maidan,
BMC might raid other ground
under some of Mumbai’s
heritage maidans.

Case 2-

Now at Bandra’s Patwardhan Park,
Citizens continue to remain divided
over the underground parking
and shopping plaza proposed at
Bandra’s Patwardhan Park.


Painting donkeys to look like zebras has happened before!

Now, it is like painting a horse to resemble a Zebra.

The public park lands were left open to meet the ecological need of that locality. Local authorities must stop unethical exploitation of these natural park lands for any other purposes. It is ridiculous to have multiple activities of different
nature on any public park.

Happiness is freedom;
Citizens’, the secret to
don’t lose your freedom.

Protest against such murky land use!

-Architect Chandrashekhar Burande [email protected]

Were the cubs found in Chandrapur Avni’s cubs?

Were the cubs found in Chandrapur Avni’s cubs?

Avni, the tigress was murdered in a premeditated attack ordered by the Maharashtra Forest Department on 2nd November, 2018 despite mercy pleas and availability of humane alternatives.

Avni is survived by her two cubs. I have been fighting in order to place responsibility for the said murder and to rescue the tigress’s cubs and have faced harassment and intimidation for the same. It would sadden you to note that the postmortem report of Avni revealed that the poor animal had not eaten for 5 days. That means the cubs too would have been hungry and it’s been another 13 days since.

The Maharashtra Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) AK Mishra has indicated today the two cubs have been spotted and are being monitored.
However in a shocking event, a pair of dead cubs have been discovered on a railway track in Chandrapur. While this incident stands to bring more shame to the already disgraced Maharashtra Forest Department, I demand that a thorough inquiry is made into the alleged accident to ascertain whether these cubs are not Avni’s children. A DNA test must be done to repudiate or confirm this.
Details of the mother of these kids must be made available and we should know lineage to confirm if she is another tigress.
There is a strong case for suspicion in this matter due to the following crucial factors:
1. The manner in which the two dead cubs lay on the railway track suggests no sign of accident, trauma or injury as such an accident may have caused. They have no hit marks, there is no blood splattered nor is their tail injured. The image, which has been widely circulated on both mainstream and social media depict a carefully doctored and sanitized image.
2. It is also unsettling to note that the forest department was prompt in declaring their ages as 6 months old without post mortem report. If, however that is true, there remains no explanation as to how such young cubs could stray so far away from their mother. Tigers are known to stick with their mothers for up to 18 months.
3. PCCF has previously made false claims regarding the manner of Avni’s death as confirmed by her postmortem report and thus has lost moral authority on the issue.
Chandrapur is Sudhir Mungantiwar’s home district and one cannot help wonder if those two dead cubs are Avni’s.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has been dithering from ordering a high level investigation. The current inquiry team is a joke as it includes those who are complicit in Avni.
Until the truth comes out and both the cubs are rescued, Maharashtra Forests Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar must resign.
Preeti Sharma Menon
National Executive Member
Aam Aadmi Party
|EVENT| Rivers- A flow of life.

|EVENT| Rivers- A flow of life.

Vivant UntamedEarth Foundation welcomes to the Second Lecture Series on ‘Biodiversity, Environment & Us’

We are pleased to invite you to the inaugural lecture,

‘Rivers – a flow of life !’
by Ketaki Ghate

(Founder & Partner, Oikos for Ecological Services, Trustee & Faculty – Ecological Society, Pune)

Get to know the ecology of Rivers and the associated biodiversity and it’s significance..

Get to know Rivers in a very different light. … not merely as a GIVER of LIFE but also as a FLOW of LIFE !

Know how a river changes in its form, flow and temperament in the course of its journey right from source to mouth…

Know why any restorative or beautification work must be done with an ecological perspective to truly be beneficial.

We revere our rivers as ‘Mother’… Our ancient civilizations flourished on the banks of our rivers … but are we really cautious about them any more !

Perhaps in the light of this knowledge, we shall learn to alter our behaviour and become worthy of our rivers once again.
….. ….. …..

When :
Saturday, 17th November 2018. 06.00 to 07.30 pm

Venue :
Basement No 1, Indian Education Society, Sir Bhalchandra Road, Hindu Colony, Dadar, Mumbai : 400014. Entrance : opp. Parchure Nursing Home.
Pl reach by 05.45 pm. for the Lecture.
Entry Free
… ….. …..
* ‘Dahisar River Visit’

When : Sunday 18th November 2018. 07.00 am. to 08.30/09.00 am
Where : Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali.
Pl report by 06.50 am at the Main Gate.
( Buy your own Entry Ticket )
….. ….. …..
To Pre Register : WhatsApp your Name and E mail to any of the given numbers :
981960522 or 7350923344 or 9004531336
Please Indicate OPTION 1) Lecture or OPTION 2) Lecture & River Visit .

Or mail [email protected]

About Ketaki Ghate :

A double graduate with Chemistry and Botany as well as an alumnus of the Ecological Society, Pune. She has core expertise in Ecological & Biodiversity Assessment, Ecological Master Planning, Ecological Restoaration and Biodiversity Conservation.

She has authored numerous educational publications. including a book titled, ‘Nisarga Samvardhan’or Nature Conservation and film, ‘Varasaa’ which deals with Traditional Environmental Wisdom.

She has been honoured with the Ramabai Joshi award for Innovative Services by the MCCIA, Unch Maza Zoka’ award form the Zee Marathi and the Avani Mitra by the Talwalkar Trust.

‘वाघभक्षक’ माणूस | Save Avni? Save yourself.

‘वाघभक्षक’ माणूस | Save Avni? Save yourself.

गेल्या आठवड्यात अवनी या वाघीणीसाठी बांद्रा येथे लोकं साधारणतः ५ च्या सुमारास जमले. जवळपास १०० जण जमले होते. सगळ्यांच्याच डोळ्यात अश्रू होते , ते त्या वाघीणीसाठी होतेच पण त्याचबरोबर त्या वाघिणीच्या लहान पिल्लांसाठीही होते ज्यांचा आयुष्याबद्दल कोणीच शाश्वती देऊ शकत नाही. यवतमाळ जिल्ह्यातील गावांमध्ये लोकांनी फटाके फोडून जल्लोष केला असही ऐकल. सगळच गोंधळात टाकणारं होत.

आपण वर्षानुवर्षे वाघांची शिकार करत आहोत, जंगल तोडत आहोत, वाघांना तसेच अन्य वन्यजीवांना एखाद्या कोठडीत बंद केल्यासारखं ठेवत आहोत आणि मग आपणच शेवटी म्हणतो कि एका वाघिणीने १३ जणांचा जीव घेतला. हा केवढा दांभिकपणा ?
दांभिकपणा सोडला तर विषय आहे त्या वाघिणीने १३ जणांना मारल्याचा. तर ती या आरोपात संशयित आहे, आरोपी नाही, त्यामुळे तिने १३ जणांना मारल्याचा छाती ठोकून जो प्रचार केला जातो तो लोकांनी थांबवावा, तिने आतापर्यंत ५ जणांना मारल्याचे पुरावे आहेत त्यामुळे ते आपण सत्य म्हणून गृहीत धरू.

आता ५ जणांना मारल्याची शिक्षा तिला मारूनच द्यायची ठरवली तर हा न्याय माणसाला लैच भारी पडू शकतो कारण आपण लाखो, करोडो जमाती नष्ट केल्या आहेत. हा युक्तिवाद आपण कधीच सहन करणार नाही हे गृहीत धरूनच पुढच लिखाण करत आहे.

तर या वाघिणीला मारण्याऐवजी तिला बेशुद्ध करता आलं असत व तिला दुसऱ्या जंगलात ठेवता आलं असत, नाही पण तिला सरळ पोईट ब्लेंक रेंज वरून ठार करण्यात आल , सुप्रीम कोर्टानेही आदेष दिलेला कि तिला पहिल्यांदा बेशुद्ध करून जिवंत पकडण्याचा प्रयत्न केला जावा. पण हल्ली सुप्रीम कोर्टाला आपल सरकार किवा लोक कुठे मानतात म्हणा ?
तर शेवटी या वाघिणीची हत्या करण्यात आली. त्यासाठी महिनोंमहिने करोडो रुपये खर्च करण्यात आले, इटालियन कुत्रे वैगेरे बोलावण्यात आले, मुलींना आकर्षित करण्यासाठी वापरला जाणारा हजारो रुपयांचा सेंटही वापरण्यात आला. Paragliders ना हजारो रुपये देण्यात आले पण तरीही अवनीला पकडण्यात सगळेच अपयशी ठरले. सगळ्यात भारी गोष्ट म्हणजे, या वाघिणीची शिकार करण्यासाठी अशा एका शिकाऱ्याला बोलावण्यात आल ज्याच्यावर नक्षलवाद्यांना शस्त्र पुरवण्याचा गंभीर आरोप तसेच अनेक प्राण्यांची हत्या करण्याचाही आरोप आहे, या महान माणसाच नाव शफत अली खान.

एकीकडे वाघांना वाचवण्यासाठी प्रयत्न करत असल्याचा आव आणायचा आणि दुसरीकडे असे उपद्व्याप करायचे, हा खोटारडेपणा फक्त या सरकारचाच नाही तर सगळ्याच पक्षांनी केला आहे .

वाघांची संख्या वाढवायची असेल तर त्याचं जंगल क्षेत्रही वाढवायला हव ही एक साधी बाब आहे. पण या सामान्य तथ्याकडे कोणीच लक्ष देत नाही आहे.

याबाबतीत आणखी एक महत्वाचा मुद्दा म्हणजे मराठी news चेनेल्स चा. प्रत्येक news चेनेल हे या वाघिणीला दोषी ठरवून तिच्या विरोधात अक्षरशः दर दिवशी जणू campaign करत होत.

मिडियाच काम लोकांमध्ये प्रबोधन घडवण हेही आहे. पण सगळाच मिडिया त्या वाघिणीला नरभक्षक ठरवण्याचा मागे लागला होता.

प्रश्न आता हा आहे कि त्या वाघिणीच्या २ पिल्लांच काय ? तर त्यांनाही मारून टाकण्याचा प्रयत्न केला जातोय हे आत्ताच कुठेतरी वाचल.

एकूणच हे सर्व अतिशय भयानक आणि हृदयद्रावक आहे.

निसर्गावर फक्त आपलाच हक्क आहे का ?

जो न्याय त्या वाघीणीसाठी लावला गेला तोच न्याय जर माणसावर लावला तर आपण कधीच नामशेष झालो असतो हे सगळ्यांनी ध्यानात ठेवाव.

त्या वाघिणीला तर आता आपण न्याय कधीच देऊ शकणार नाही पण तिचे बछडे अजूनही जिवंत आहेत आणि त्यांना वाचवण्याची नितांत आवश्यकता आहे. त्यासाठी देशाच्या कानाकोपऱ्यातून आवाज उठणं गरजेचं कारण आपल्या आंदोलनं केल्याशिवाय सामान्य माणसाला न्याय मिळत नाही.
तर मुंबईत अवनी व तिच्या पिल्लांचा आवाज बनण्यासाठी हजारो लोकं वांद्रे समुद्रकिनाऱ्यालगत, R.K.Lakshman यांच्या ‘कॉमन मॅन’ पुतळ्या जवळ साधारणतः संध्याकाळी 4 वाजता जमणार आहेत. त्यात तुमच्या सहभागाला अनन्यसाधारण महत्व. जर भारतातील वाघांना आणि फक्त वाघांना नव्हे तर प्रत्येक जगली प्राण्यांना तसेच जंगलांना वाचवायच असेल तर या ११ नोव्हेंबर ला. एकत्र आपला आवाज बुलंद करू आपल्या पृथ्वीसाठी. कारण आज जी वेळ या वाघांवर आली आहे तीच वेळ उद्या मुंबईतल्या बिबट्यांवर येऊ शकते.

-Hrishikesh Patil is a blogger for Let Mumbai Breathe

Maneka Gandhi speaks up against the illegal killing of Avni. Bashes BJP Minister.

Maneka Gandhi speaks up against the illegal killing of Avni. Bashes BJP Minister.

I am deeply saddened by the way tigress Avni has been brutally murdered in #Yavatmal, #Maharashtra. #Justice4TigressAvni

It is nothing but a straight case of crime. Despite several requests from many stakeholders, Sh @SMungantiwar, Minister for Forests, #Maharashtra, gave orders for the killing. #Justice4TigressAvni

He has been doing this regularly and this is the third tiger being murdered besides several leopards and wild boars. #Justice4TigressAvni

Every time he has used Hyderabad-based shooter Shafat Ali Khan, and this time his son has also appeared in the scene illegally to murder the tigress. #Justice4TigressAvni

His son was not authorised to kill. This is patently illegal. Despite the forest officials being committed to tranquilise, capture and qurantine the tigress, the trigger-happy shooter has killed her on his own under orders of Sh @SMungantiwar.

This ghastly murder has put two cubs at the edge of a sad death in the absence of their mother. #Justice4TigressAvni

Shafat Ali Khan has killed 3 tigers, at least 10 leopards, a few elephants and 300 wild boar in Chandrapur, #Maharashtra. He is a criminal known for supplying guns to anti- nationals and for a suspected case of murder in #Hyderabad.

I fail to understand why a state government should even bother about such a man let alone hire his services for illegal and inhuman acts.

I am definitely going to take up this case of utter lack of empathy for animals as a test case. Legally, criminally as well as politically. #Justice4TigressAvni

I will take up the matter very strongly with CM Maharashtra Shri @Dev_Fadnavis ji.

You can read the tweet thread here.

If Avni could speak this is pretty much what she would have said

If Avni could speak this is pretty much what she would have said

“You killed me. Finally you managed to kill me.

Yes you could have easily tranquilized me with a dart gun but you decided to use a real bullet instead.

And why was I killed?

You held me responsible for the deaths of 13 innocent people.

Innocent people who encroached on my home?

Did I come to the cities or did your cities and villages come into my forest?

When your “innocent people” killed my friends and my family, destroyed my forest and my habitat, made my home shrink smaller and smaller…. What did you expect me to do?

Hop into one of your cages so that your kids could throw channas and popcorn at me? Or be at your beck and call to turn tricks for a few applause’s?

Basically you wanted me to give up my freedom and live like one of your pets as you continued to eat up into my home and turn it into one of your gas guzzling factories.

You may call me as your National animal and you may make hashtags about “Saving” me…… But this is your reality.

When someone encroaches on your home and starts killing your family and friends you have the right to strike back….. It’s called self defence. If it’s applicable to humans why can’t it be applicable to us?

And I wonder what happens to my two kids now. You will probably catch them and throw them in one of those cages with all the others, right? They are just nine months old, easy catch for you.

Anyways, I had never expected to get a lenient view from any of you. I cannot expect leniency from monsters who want to protect their right to life, while completely ignoring my right to life.

The only thing that I am happy about is that I was Born Free and I Died Free.

That’s not something that many of you who are chained and bound to the laws and rulers of your nation can claim, can you?”

I guess if Avni could speak this is pretty much what she would have said.

Disclaimer: I am not an animal rights activist but *I don’t think we have the right to snatch their lives when we are already snatching their homes.*

By Darshan Mondkar

Let Avni Live

RIP Avni