MUMBAI: The tribal residents of three adivasi padas will be provided alternative accommodation on five acres of Force One land in Aarey Milk Colony.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday approved the plan to shift the adivasis to the Force One land. The non-adivasi residents will be provided tenements meant for Project Affected Persons (PAPs). While the Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority will build the houses for the tribals, the Slum Rehabilitation Authority will provide the PAP tenements.

After the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai, the then state government decided to set up an elite counter-terrorism force on the lines of the National Security Guards. The Force One was initially provided land at Kalina, Santacruz. However, the land was insufficient for training purposes. The government then allotted 98.6 acres of Aarey Milk Colony land to the force.

Shiv Sena MLA Ravindra Waikar, who represents Jogeshwari assembly constituency that includes the Aarey Milk Colony, said there are three adivasi padas – Chafa 1, Chafa 2 and Kelti pada – in the vicinity of the Force One land. “Owing to the presence of these padas, the force cannot use the area for its firing range. Since 2012, I have been urging the government to shift them elsewhere,” he said.

As per a 2016 survey, there are 418 households in the three padas of which 315 are adivasis, 92 non-tribals and seven temples. Four rooms are closed.

Waikar said there will be an exchange of land wherein tribals will be rehabilitated on five acres of Force One land and the padas taken over by the security force for their firing range. The adivasis will be provided 400-500 sq feet independent homes. However, many grow vegetables and sell fruits. They are unlikely to be given any land for cultivation. Waikar said they may be provided employment.

In the past, tribals have opposed any kind of survey and takeover of their land by Force One. “Around 32 acres is cultivated by us. We are strongly opposed to any relocation. Government is not holding any discussions with us and simply taking decisions on our behalf,” said a local tribal resident.

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