Building without CRZ approval can face difficult time

By Accommodation Times News Service

Many buildings in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai that have come up without the mandatory coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearance will be soon facing difficulty. The state government has decide to ask civic bodies to initiate action against them after Union environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan refused to grant environmental clearance to such buildings. If sources to be believed there are nearly 700 such buildings in Navi Mumbai and Mumbai. Last week, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan made out a case for granting  clearance to buildings where floor space index (FSI) violations had not been committed. The state government had argued that third-party rights had been created in most such buildings and sought their regularization after payment of fines. However, Natarajan rejected the proposal.

The Union minister had also asked the government to initiate action against such buildings. Sources in the government said the civic bodies in Mumbai and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and

Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) will now be informed that post-facto CRZ clearances will not be granted to such buildings and that action should be initiated under prevalent laws against them. Similar instructions will also be given to other municipal corporations where such buildings exist. Sources said that the state government had sought regularization of cases where no violations had been committed. Certain buildings have committed violations including construction of FSI beyond permissible limits and change of reservations, sources said.

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