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“AN APPEAL TO PROTECT THE APPROACH ROAD TO MEHERAZAD”
Meherazad was the last residence of the Indian spiritual Master Avatar Meher Baba & his Mandali (close disciples of Avatar Meher Baba) and is today a place of worldwide spiritual pilgrimage . Avatar Meher Baba lived at Meherazad from 1944 until he dropped his body in 1969. Meherazad remains a private residence. In 1991 Meherazad was incorporated into the Avatar Meher Baba Trust. Meherazad is situated on the outside of Pimpalgaon village, approximately 9 miles (14 km) north of Ahmednagar, India. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meherazad
World-wide pilgrimage to Meherazad has always begun at the Approach Road. Avatar Meher Baba himself walked and drove up and down this Road countless times, sanctifying it with His Presence. The trees which form its welcome border were planted by the Mandali at His request
Over the past two years a small group of people living in the Pimpalgaon- Malvi area have made it their goal to harass, vandalize and attack “Meherazad property”. They have been pressurizing some local and government officials in their schemes. This group has nof respect for Avatar Meher Baba and to what He represents.
Inspite of various efforts taken by the Trust these people are adamant and have been clamoring for access to the village through the middle or alongside of Meherazad property. To allow such access would destroy the sanctity of Meherazad, polluting it with a continualstream of vehicular traffic and deafening noise.
On a number of occasions the Trust has offered to construct a road parallel and just north of the Approach Road at it’s own expense. This would provide those people living on the Approach Road easy access to the Pimpalgaon Village. This alternate road is identified on the village map as the Nul-Pati (which means pipeline) and was originally the route that the water pipeline traveled from Pimpalgaon Lake to Ahmednagar City. The land for this Nal-Pati was acquired by the Ahmednagar Municipality and an unpaved road was built on the pipeline. After the water supply from Pimpalgaon Lake was discontinued by the Municipality, since the past few decades, this road is not being used and some part of it has been encroached upon by the farmers abutting it. Some part of this road still exists.
This Nul-Pati can be converted to a road if the encroachment is removed (if necessary with compensation to the farmers who have encroached on this road), which would require the will of the central / state government and departments concerned. The Avatar Meher Baba Trust is willing to help financially in compensating the farmers and building the road.
This proposal secures the sanctity of the private Approach Road for pilgrims to walk to Meherazad and simultaneously offers an alternate access to the village for all farmers whose lands around the private approach Road as well as for the surrounding community. The local community would benefit from the alternate Nul-Pati proposal and will also help in preserving the sanctity of pilgrimage to Meherazad.
Legally the Approach Road is privately owned by Meherazad since 1944.The purchase deed gives Road access only to those farmers whose properties border the Road—not to the general public. Unfortunately, legality has little importance in this.
Walking down the Approach Road to Meherazad has always been an intrinsic part of one and if this Road becomes public, the trees and the Road itself as a point of pilgrimage will soon disappear. Sign the petition and share this with your friends and family and let’s be united and protect the sacred property of Meherazad. We deeply appreciate your prompt response to our request. This is an urgent matter concerning all of Avatar Meher Baba's family equally. (http://www.ambppct.org/
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