Ek­nath Shinde wants CRZ norms in Thane re­laxed

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - PRERANA BHARADE

The strin­gent CRZ reg­u­la­tions have made re­de­vel­op­ment of the many old set­tle­ments and fish­er­folk com­mu­ni­ties (Koli­wadas) along Thane’s coast im­pos­si­ble. But, res­i­dents of these dan­ger­ous build­ings that come un­der the CRZ (Coastal Reg­u­la­tion Zone) reg­u­la­tions now have a new hope. State PWD min­is­ter Ek­nath Shinde has asked the Thane civic body to send a pro­posal to the Cen­tre to re­lax CRZ norms in the area to pave the way for re­de­vel­op­ment of these build­ings. Shinde has promised to dis­cuss the is­sue with the cen­tral en­vi­ron­ment min­istry to speed up the process.

The Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment and For­est is­sued CRZ reg­u­la­tions in 1991 to pro­tect the coastal re­gions and pre­vent any devel­op­ment ac­tiv­ity from tak­ing place near the creeks. These reg­u­la­tions were amended in 2011, wherein the re­de­vel­op­ment of fish­er­folk com­mu­ni­ties and old set­tle­ments in CRZ II and III was al­lowed. This no­ti­fi­ca­tion was im­ple­mented in Mum­bai, but the re­de­vel­op­ment is­sue of Thane CRZ re­mained un­re­solved.

Shinde, in a meet­ing held with the Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sioner and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the state en­vi­ron­ment depart­ment, said, “The con­di­tion of the Koli­wadas cat­e­gorised un­der the CRZ re­gion in var­i­ous parts of Thane is pa­thetic. The build­ings and struc­tures in these areas are crum­bling. The TMC should send a pro­posal to the cen­tral govern­ment re­gard­ing eas­ing the CRZ norms in par with those in Mum­bai.”

Shinde claimed that he had tabled a call­ing at­ten­tion mo­tion in the mon­soon ses­sion of 2014, when the en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter of state had claimed that the is­sue would be re­solved in two months.

The cor­po­ra­tion had tabled a pro­posal last year in the gen­eral body meet­ing to ease the norms of those af­fected un­der CRZ. The pro­posal was sent to the state af­ter the ap­proval of the gen­eral body.

In Thane dis­trict, the areas around Ko­pri, Kol­shet, Wagh­bil and Ma­ha­giri are the ones af­fected in the CRZ reg­u­la­tion.

State PWD min­is­ter Ek­nath Shinde has asked the Thane civic body to send a pro­posal for re­lax­ation of CRZ norms to al­low re­de­vel­op­ment of koli­wadas, gaothans and many other old set­tle­ments

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