Religious groups reacted strongly to the threat of demolition. "We had submitted the necessary documents for the crosses, but were told that they were misplaced," said Gordon Jacobs, president of Association of Concerned Catholics. "Some crosses listed are centuries old and we will make all efforts to ensure they are not demolished."
The Bombay Catholic Sabha has asked its units to prove the heritage status of crosses on the list."We will look at whether the temples listed cause any trouble," said Shivaji Wadkar, coordinator of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti.
ND Pathan, who heads the state's Wakf board which controls Muslim religious structures, said the board's permission would be required for the BMC to demolish old structures. "We will check on the matter," he said.