CRZ VI­O­LA­TIONS: SEV­ERAL BLDGS IN MUM­BAI MAY GO ADARSH WAY

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

Af­ter the Cen­tre called for ac­tion against 200 build­ings in Navi Mum­bai con­structed with­out coastal- zone clear­ance, sources t old HT t hat sev­eral build­ings in Mum­bai, like the con­tro­ver­sial 31-storey Adarsh tower, fall in the same cat­e­gory and could there­fore also face ac­tion.

While there is no clear es­ti­mate on how many such build­ings are there in the city, se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cials said more than a hun­dred build­ings will now be un­der the scan­ner.

In 2012, the state govern­ment had placed on record in an af­fi­davit be­fore the Adarsh com­mis­sion, which stated that at least three other build­ings were granted clear­ance with­out re­fer­ral to the state coastal au­thor­ity as man­dated by law in 2002.

The af­fi­davit by then ur­ban de­vel­op­ment depart­ment (UDD) sec­re­tary Manuku­mar Srivastav stated that the depart­ment had, be­tween 2002 and 2003, given noob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cates to three struc­tures – Sar­dar Val­lab­hai Pa­tel sta­dium in Worli, Ghe­lab­hai man­sion in Gi­ra­gaon, and CR2 build­ing at Na­ri­man Point – with­out con­sult­ing the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (MCZMA). The CR2 build­ing houses a mall and govern­ment of­fices.

HT re­ported on Thurs­day that the Cen­tre had ruled out any post facto clear­ance for the 200 Navi Mum­bai build­ings and had asked the MCZMA to take “ap­pro­pri­ate and ur­gent ac­tion un­der law”.

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