200 buildings without coastal nod face the axe in Navi Mumbai
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.