Bhayandar: Shiv Sena legisla­tor Pratap Sarnaik has reiterated the demands seeking change in land use on behalf of the free­dom fighters whose families live in Navghar, Bhayandar (east). Sarnaik made this appeal at a Republic Day (Saturday) event before the state education minister, Vinod Tawde, during the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the “Freedom Fighters Memorial” in Navghar, a village in Bhayandar (east).

The village has earned a unique distinction of producing over 40 freedom fighters whose descendants, mostly farmers, possess land in Pardha, which falls under the no-development zone (NDZ).

The Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation has already been in a catch-22 over applica­tions by the irate families, seeking relaxations similar to an ultra-lux­u­rious club developed for the rich in Mira Ro­ad by the close aides of the re­gi­on’s political bigwig. The families have sought the ch­a­nge in land use so they are all­owed co­nstru­c­tions on the NDZ to acco­m­modate extended families.

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