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A trust sends 12,000 letters, creates 117-metre-long flex for Guinness record.

Written by Tanushree Venkatraman | Mumbai |
April 23, 2015 1:24:55 am
 mumbai records, Draft Development Plan 2034, Draft development plan, Guinness Book of World Records, Limca Book of Records. mumbai news, city news, local news, mumbai newsline The flex (left) and advocate Mukesh Chheda, who is spearheading the campaign. (Source: Express Photo)

Twelve thousand letters in 12 days objecting to a development plan (DP) reservation. The Shree Vardhaman Sthanakvasi Jain Shravak Sangh of Dadar is now hoping that “this should be enough” to apply for a record in the Guinness Book of World Records and the Limca Book of Records.

For the last 12 days, the trust has been sending 1,000 objection letters each day to the BMC headquarters. They have also created a 117-metre long flex with signatures of thousands of residents which was displayed on Wednesday.

The trust has objected to Kavliwadi plot in Mahim being marked for a public school. The members say there are almost 12 schools in the one-km radius of the plot and what the area actually needs is a hospital and medical centre. “Since 2007, we have been fighting for a hospital and medical research centre on the plot. Still, the draft DP has marked the plot for a school. Our trust is already running a diagnostic centre where people are charged a minimum fee,” said advocate Mukesh Chheda, a trust member behind the campaign. The trust consists of 3,000 members who are engaged in community welfare and heath care activities in the city.


Chheda got the idea a month after the DP was released. He said his main idea was to gather people’s support to give a “jolt to the government”. “If there is one objection letter, it will fly away like a kite. To wake up the authorities, we need a larger campaign. We had earlier planned to send all the letters together. But the authorities restricted it to 1,000 per day as they do not have adequate manpower.”

The trust created a common letter addressed to Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte, which was signed by people living in the neighbourhood.

DP 2034 was released by BMC in the last week of February and was opened for suggestions and objections from people all over the city for a 60-day period. The department has received more than 25,000 suggestion and objection letters till Monday.

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