200 build­ings with­out coastal nod face the axe in Navi Mum­bai

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ke­taki Ghoge ke­taki.ghoge@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Around 200 build­ings in Navi Mum­bai, con­structed with­out the manda­tory coastal au­thor­ity nod, may go the Adarsh way, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials in the know. The build­ings that house thou­sands of peo­ple are spread over land worth hun­dreds of crores. They were con­structed af­ter 2002, but with­out ap­proval from the state coastal au­thor­ity — the same grounds on which the Cen­tre had, in 2011, passed a de­mo­li­tion or­der against the con­tro­ver­sial Adarsh tower in Co­laba.

The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) and City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (CIDCO) — the plan­ning au­thor­ity for the satel­lite city — through the en­vi­ron­ment depart­ment have been try­ing to get post-facto clear­ance for th­ese build­ings since 2013.

The Cen­tre, how­ever, in its last com­mu­ni­ca­tion in Novem­ber last year, has asked the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity ( MCZMA) to take “ap­pro­pri­ate and ur­gent ac­tion un­der law” against the projects com­pleted with­out clear­ance from the coastal reg­u­la­tory zone (CRZ) au­thor­ity. The let­ter has not spec­i­fied what ac­tion needs to be taken.

The min­utes of the MCZMA meet­ing is­sued on Wed­nes­day point out t he Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, For­est and Cli­mate Change (MOEFCC), in a let­ter dated Novem­ber 17, ruled out “post- facto ap­proval”, say­ing there was no pro­vi­sion for reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of vi­o­la­tions un­der the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) no­ti­fi­ca­tion, 2011.

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