The Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) had moved the court challenging the Maharashtra government's decision to exclude 29 villages from the municipality on May 31, 2011.
Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) was formed in July 2009 wide a notification by the state government. Four municipal councils Virar, Nalasopara, Vasai and Navghar Manikpur and 59 villages were merged to form the civic corporation.
The Vasai Janandolan Samiti, an organisation formed to fight against the inclusion of villages in the VVMC had led massive morchas, forcing the government to withdraw 29 villages from the municipality.
After the VVMC moved the high court, a stay was put on the exclusion of villages. Vasai MLA Vivek Pandit told the court that the decision on exclusion of villages rested with the state and municipality had no right to challenge the decision.
Technically, the 29 villages are still under the VVMC. Villagers said that while their fate was hanging in balance developmental work was suffering. The VVMC has been ignoring the problems of the villages. Villagers complained that in the absence of a gram panchayat they had no where to go.
The hearing of the exclusion of 29 villages from the Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) will be heard by the Bombay High Court on August 18.