Initiatives and Accomplishments for Mumbai: Kolis and Adivasis of Mumbai
In a city like Mumbai, which is considered the economic capital of the country, one could not have imagined that there are hamlets of Adivasis who are denied water, sanitation facilities and electricity; till all of them resolved in the election of 2009 to back Shri Gurudas Kamat as their Member of Parliament. Soon after the elections Mr. Kamat organized two separate meetings with the Chief Minister and representatives of approximately 3500 tribals living within the precincts of Aarey Milk Colony and got a special budget of Rs 2 crores sanctioned through which water connection, toilet facilities, pathways and NOC for providing electricity has been approved and works have been initiated and several of them have been completed.
Besides this, a total area of 23 Acres, on which the tribals have been growing rice over several decades and which would have been denied to them due to the opening of the much needed Commando Center, alternate area of 23 acres within Aarey Milk Colony has been assured to them thanks to the efforts of Shri Gurudas Kamat. Necessary recommendations in this regard from the Collector have been sent to the Government. The present State Government has unfortunately reversed this decision.