29 villages excluded from Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation
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Last Updated: Friday, April 22, 2011, 00:24
Mumbai: Maharashtra Government on Thursday announced exclusion of 29 of the total 35 villages from the Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation in adjoining Thane district.

Two new villages will be added to the civic body, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told the Legislative Assembly.

He said the excluded villages were far off from the city limits and were important from agriculture and environment points of view.

The announcement came after Independent MLA Vivek Pandit led a four-day march from Vasai to Vidhan Bhavan in south Mumbai, demanding that the government honour the resolution of the gram sabhas, who had demanded exclusion of villages from the corporation limits.

Kshitij Thakur and Vilas Tare, legislators of Bahujan Vikas Agadhi from Vasai, criticised the Government's decision, saying it had acted under pressure from Pandit and the Opposition.

"Vasai, with over 14 lakh population, is the fastest- growing taluka in the country. It is centrally located between Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane. Urbanisation is spreading rapidly and only a municipal corporation can provide basic needs of the local people," they said.

They appealed to the government to reconsider the decision.


First Published: Friday, April 22, 2011, 00:24

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