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Two temples near Powai at root of JVLR traffic woes

Traffic woes at the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) will continue to haunt motorists even after completion of the much-delayed road widening work. Two temples — a Maruti temple and a Suvarna temple — located in the middle of the road are blocking traffic and also delaying the widening work.

Motorists, who regularly travel on the road, have been complaining of the delay in completion of the road widening work. Now, with the temples obstructing the path and the work, the motorists are expected to face further inconvenience.

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) officials, who are responsible for the road widening work, are facing a tough time as local residents have objected to shifting the temples. The Maruti temple was supposed to be shifted 10 years back but was not moved following residents protests.

For shifting the Maruti temple, a developer was given a contract to build another temple nearby to move the Hanuman idol. “Once the new temple was built, the day of shifting was decided but on that day some people sat on a dharna and the shifting was stalled. For two years the temple was constructed but no idol was placed,” Prashant Sharma, the developer, said. “For two years the temple was vacant. So finally we decided to install a Ram idol in the temple.”

According to Vikas Chaudhankar, who has been the Maruti temple’s caretaker for the past 20 years, the trustee and owner of the temple — Hari Sridhar Paranjape — is not against moving the temple. “There are a few people who are opposed to shifting the temple and that too for personal or political reasons,” Chaudhankar said.

Residents, however, feel that the temple that has been in the area for over 60 years should not be shifted. “I come here everyday and so does everyone from my family. We don’t want the temple to be moved. It is a question of people’s sentiments,” Kusum Pande, a local resident, said. “The God was born here and he refuses to move. No one will be able to move the temple.”

The MMRDA, which has already sent notices to the temple, have given the temple’s shifting responsibility to the temple trustee. The other temple — the Suvarna temple — which is also located in the middle of the road is, however, still to receive a notice from the MMRDA. “We are trying to shift the Maruti temple, which is a hindrance to the traffic but the people are not cooperating,” AR Bidarkar, chief, R&R, MMRDA, said.

Officials from the MMRDA have held a meeting with the residents to find a solution for the issue but to no avail. “One man who spoke in support of the shifting had to keep quiet after the crowd spoke unanimously against him,” Bidarkar said.

Article Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_two-temples-near-powai-at-root-of-jvlr-traffic-woes_1327265

4 Responses to Two temples near Powai at root of JVLR traffic woes

  1. Manoj January 3, 2010 at 12:38 am #

    Yet another attempt by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to move the Hanuman temple on the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) failed, on Thursday, after residents refused to budge. The temple, which is located in the middle of the road, has already delayed the widening work at JVLR. The local residents, however, feel that the spot at which the temple is currently located helps them get positive vibes.

    The temple, which many residents believe was built almost 200 years ago by a person named Paranjpe, is proving to be a major hindrance for authorities. Despite several attempts made by the resettlement and rehabilitation (R&R) team of the MMRDA, the temple still stands at a spot that could prove fatal for vehicles. The MMRDA officials have tried to reason with local residents but to no avail.

    According to AR Bidarkar, R&R chief, MMRDA, the officials were told not to move the temple as the residents get positive vibes from its current location. “Local MLA Naseem Khan was also present during Thursday’s meeting. We have now decided to form a joint committee of officials as well as residents. We will look to resolve the issue within a week,” Bidarkar told DNA.

    But the residents seem in no mood to relent. “Those who have tried to move the temple in the past have had to pay a heavy price. Prashant Sharma (a developer), who tried to construct a building around the temple and tried to move it, had to face the wrath. Some of his labourers died while they tried to move the temple,” local Shiv Sena leader Uday Shirke said.

    “We have immense faith in the temple and the idol is Swayambhu (self generated). It was found in the Powai lake hundreds of years ago. If it has to be shifted, the decision will have to be taken only by the Paranjpe family, who originally owned the land.”

    Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_the-temple-emits-positive-vibrations_1329933

  2. Cosmopolitan February 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    God is everywhere, why insist on only worshipping him at a temple? Can’t you see god in your neighbour? Can’t you see god in the beggar on the street? Be good to them and you will serve god better than going to a temple.

  3. Wilson Abraham June 12, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    I second that completely. It is completely insane to have a temple in the middle of a public road. The very same idots who are opposing the shift of the temples will be suffering everyday in the maddening traffic jams that happen daily due to the two temples. For some reason we are unable to let go of our superstisious beleifs. Is this really a comfort blanket or is it the efforts of a few to get free cheap publicity ?? This is something really stupid that can only happen in Mumbai..!! I wonder if there are any old residents of powai who remember that earlier there was no maruti temple just a tree which used to provide some shade during a hot afternoon. The snake temple I remember used to be really small in the old days and was the only temple on that road. I wonder how it managed to grow to this size ?? Is this a case of divine encroachment ?

  4. Wilson Abraham June 18, 2010 at 10:27 am #


    Is it possible for all interested members of Powai.info to get together and lend their shoulders to this issue of getting the road cleared of obstruction ?

    It would be great if we are able to unite for a good cause and feel proud that we did acheive something for the betterment of our fellow human beings.

    Is this possible ?? or are we too scared to bell the cat ?? or is it that we just don’t care ??