Bldg pro­pos­als near jails need panel ap­proval

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai: While the buf­fer zone around jails has been re­duced from 150 me­tres to 20 me­tres, de­vel­op­ers with build­ing pro­pos­als within 500 me­tres from the buf­fer zone of a jail in the city still need pro­pos­als to be ap­proved by the stand­ing ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee

In Au­gust, the home depart­ment re­duced the buf­fer zone from the ex­ter­nal bound­ary wall of a jail. There are two jails in Mum­bai, Arthur Road jail and By­culla jail for women. Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Ajoy Mehta had sought a clar­i­fi­ca­tion on whether an ap­proval from the com­mit­tee was still nec­es­sary. The ur­ban de­vel­op­ment depart­ment clar­i­fied that the com­mit­tee was set up in 2013 to grant ap­provals for all pro­pos­als within 500 me­tres of a jail premise and its pow­ers still stand.—Clara Lewis

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