Lavasa ordered to return land to two adivasis
Lavasa Corporation was yesterday ordered by Sanjay Patil, a high-ranking government official from Maval taluka, to return land belonging to two adivasis.
According to sources in the Maval subdivision office, Rayabhau Raikar and Shravan Bhiva Jadhav owned 5.66 hector each in Mugaon village in Maval taluka. Six months ago, nine adivasis had approached the subdivision office, demanding their lands back from the corporation.
“This is not enough, we want justice for all the 170 landholders, including adivasis. A total of 960 hector of land was given to Lavasa without completing legal formalities,” National Alliance of People’s Movement coordinator, Sunita Su Ra, said. “Krishna Valley Corporation had also given its 145 hector to Lavasa Corporation and also diverted drinking water from Pune city to Lavasa. We had pointed out these issues to the District Collector Vikas Deshmukh.” RTI activist Anup Avasthi said it was the step forward in winning the war against Lavasa Corporation.