Today I went for mass in St.Michaels Church Mahim and an announcement was made that as per the new DP plan St.Michaels Church and its graveyard was not shown in the DP plan and that the new proposed road would mean that the Cross in front of the Church would have to be shifted and the road would almost touch the door of the Church.
As soon as I came out of Church BCS members were taking signatures from catholics to protest against the said DP plan.
Now let me make things very clear that I personally feel that one must protect ones property but one must also apply those same standards to themselves.
As per the new DP plan open spaces and gardens are being reduced and the mandatory open spaces needed for an individual will not longer be available.
Now the Church itself passed a plan for Marinagar , Mahim in the year 1994. Catholics purchased flats after seeing and acting on the said plan. The Church collected its pound of flesh in terms of money.
Based on the said plan which had recreational gardens, catholics paid a much higher rate than what was the then prevailing in Mahim.The said rate was 33% higher than what the Charity Commissioner was informed when sanction to develop the property was obtained.
In the year 2010 the same church passes a plan whereby two of the proposed recreational gardens have disappeared and on the spot where the same gardens were shown the church has now passed plans to build two buildings one which is 15 storied and one which is 17 storied.Despite my letters to the Cardinal Oswald Gracias nothing has been done to right the wrong which will affect two societies having more than 150 catholic families. The Church has now collected their pound of flesh once more knowing fully well that the society too owns the gardens in proportion to the FSI consumed in the building since the project is a layout.The Church is also a silent spectator to the forgery of documents which shows tenants who were already permanently rehoused as yet to be housed.
I had written about this to the BCS but the BCS did nothing it did not even respond way back in the year 2009 telling them of how the gardens area was being reduced.
To top it all BCS purchased an office in the said building proposed on my society’s gardens.
On one hand they hold seminars, use the mass to make announcemnts and collect signatures on how to protect open spaces and yet on the other hand they themselves are abettors of the same act of reducing open spaces directly or indirectly.
In fact it can be argued that the road widening is for a public cause , unlike Marinagar where the Church has fooled Catholics and only catholics are the loosers.
Stop fooling people and stop having double standards. In last 30 years giving scholarships and collecting signatures can be done by any NGO. You dont need to be a catholic NGO.In fact history will show that the office bearers have used the post to get benefits for themselves and not for the community.