MUMBAI: Coastal zone regulation rules framed in 2011 will finally be implemented in five districts of the state. Under them, the CRZ has been relaxed to 100m from the high tide line for bay and creek areas, meaning several hundred plots in Mumbai are now officially out of CRZ.
The coastal zone management plan (CZMP) for Mumbai, its suburbs, and Ratnagiri, Raigad and Sindhudurg districts has been approved, said a letter from the Union ministry of environment forests and climate change (MoEFCC) on Thursday. CZMPs for Thane, Palghar, Navi Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust are yet to get the seal.
Ironically, the CZMP for the 2011 notification is being finalised when the Centre is close to wrapping up the draft CRZ Notification 2018. “The first CZMP 1991 was ready in 1999 and implemented from 2000. It is unfortunate that CZMP 2011should take the same time when we have the technology to prepare maps at a faster pace,” said a real estate industry consultant.
The new CZMP will ensure buildings in Khar, Bandra, Ballard Estate, Fort, Girgaum, Mahim, etc in the bay and creek areas seeking redevelopment will no longer need to approach the Coastal Zone Management Authority. Earlier, developers had to obtain certificates from IRS, Chennai, or CESS, Thiruvananthapuram, stating whether the plot fell in CRZ area or not. Every proposal was decided on a case-to-case basis. Now, clearing proposals will become a matter of routine.
Anil Diggikar, principal secretary, state environment department, said the plans are expected early next week and these will be uploaded on the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority website. “Last month, the MoEFCC appointed the MCZMA committee. Given the number of government projects awaiting CRZ clearance, the committee will start holding meetings from next week,” he said. The projects include the Dr B R Ambedkar Memorial at Worli.
The new CZMP will include the hazard line, which will identify areas vulnerable to sea level rises. “It is purely a tool for disaster management. It will not hamper development, rather help identify buildings, constructions prone to flooding. People should not be required to obtain CRZ clearance. It should be left to the planning authority,” he said.
The CZMP was to be prepared within a year of CRZ Notification 2011. But the Centre did not pay heed and kept granting extensions to the 1991 CZMP. The rules are being implemented after D Stalin, director, Vanashakti, went to court.