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A REPORT ON THE ARCHDIOCESAN INITIATIVE WITH REGARD TO THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2034

On July 27, 2016, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay, personally spoke to the Municipal Commissioner Mr. Ajoy Mehta, and voiced the concerns of the Christian Community with regard to the D. P. Plan.  The Commissioner was very polite and agreed to meet him or his delegate so that a summary of complaints from all the Churches could be placed before him.

Accordingly, Bishop Savio Fernandes, along with Fr. Richard Crasto, met the Municipal Commissioner and presented to him a list of what actually exists as of today as against  what was shown in the D. P. 2034.  The Commissioner assured the delegates of the Archbishop that he would genuinely look into the matter.  He also informed them that whatever appeared in the 1991 Plan has been reproduced in the 2034 Plan.  Whatever is shown as designated will remain untouched.  The Commissioner also undertook to look into all the suggestions submitted by the delegation, especially with regard to the cemeteries.    

 With regard to the development of the Dharavi belt, the delegates told the Commissioner that when any development is being planned, the people of the place are to be taken into confidence and consulted.  Since development is for the benefit of the people of the area, there is no point in planning any development if they are not happy about it. To this, the Commissioner informed the delegates that the Dharavi belt came under the MMRDA.

 The Municipal Commissioner promised that he would give a written reply to the Cardinal in response to his letter wherein the technicalities involved would be explained.  All in all it was a very positive meeting.  We thank the Municipal Commissioner for patiently listening to our grievances and assuring us that he would do all that was legally permissible.

 
 
 
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    Dec 15th, 2017 IS 48:17-19 Friday of the Second Week of Advent Lectionary: 185 Reading 1 Thus says the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I, the LORD, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go. If you would hearken to my commandments, your prosperity would be like a river, and your vindication like the waves of the sea; Your descendants would be like the sand, and those born of your stock like its grains, Their name never cut off or blotted out from my presence. Responsorial Psalm PS 1:1-2, 3, 4 AND 6 R. (see John 8:12) Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life. Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked Nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, But delights in the law of the LORD and meditates on his law day and night. R. Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life. He is like a tree planted near running water, That yields its fruit in due season, and whose leaves never fade. Whatever he does, prospers. R. Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life. Not so the wicked, not so; they are like chaff which the wind drives away. For the LORD watches over the way of the just, but the way of the wicked vanishes. R. Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life. Alleluia R. Alleluia, alleluia. The Lord will come; go out to meet him! He is the prince of peace. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel MT 11:16-19 Jesus said to the crowds: "To what shall I compare this generation? It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another, 'We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.' For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said, 'He is possessed by a demon.' The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, 'Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.' But wisdom is vindicated by her works."
     
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