Slums damages the environment, SRA proposes to conduct research

Slums Near mangroves

By Accommodation Times News Service

The Slum Rehabilitation Authority has decided to study the impact of the city’s slums on the environment in a bid to fast-track environmental clearances for slum redevelopment projects in Mumbai.

The Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) wants to find out if the city’s slums are damaging the city’s eco-system. In a possibly controversial move, the SRA has now decided to study the impact of the city’s slums on the environment, especially in ecologically sensitive areas.

In a bid to fast-track environmental clearances for slum redevelopment projects in the city, the SRA now wants to conduct ‘Slum Impact Assessment’ studies as a counter to the ‘environmental impact assessment’ reports that are mandatory for projects of any kind to be granted permissions from environmental agencies. These studies will be conducted for slum clusters in the buffer zone around the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, followed by slums on Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) lands.





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