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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014

Campa Cola row: Eco-clearance the next hurdle

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, May 04, 2013
First Published: 13:58 IST(4/5/2013) | Last Updated: 14:13 IST(4/5/2013)

A day after the Supreme Court gave them a five-month extension to vacate their homes, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday offered a fresh ray of hope to residents of the unauthorised floors of the Campa Cola complex, saying it would consider their proposal for redevelopment.

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However, with environmental clearance continuing to be a  hurdle for the Worli plot, residents are set to encounter several difficulties in saving their homes.

HT had reported on April 30 that the Worli plot that houses the complex comes under the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ), which has stricter norms, making it implausible for the 35 illegal floors to be regularised. HT has also reported that the plot had not obtained eco-clearance.

Civic officials said regularisation of the illegal floors by utilising the floor space index (FSI) of the adjacent plot after amalgamation of the two plots is not feasible considering the SC’s demolition order, the nature and number illegalities in the complex and the CRZ violations.

“The BMC will consider the redevelopment proposal only after environmental clearances are sought,” said Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner.

Officials from the civic building proposals department, however, said they would consider the plot amalgamation and redevelopment proposals if they are approached.

“Though the law provides for amalgamation of two adjacent plots, it is approved on a case-by-case basis. Whether such merging and transfer of FSI is possible in this case would be decided after studying the proposal,” said an official from the building proposals department.

Residents, on the other hand, are yet to come up with a decisive plan. “We are yet to read and study the SC order. We will hold a meeting with our counsel and legal advisors on Saturday, and the  conclude the way ahead,” said Rohit Malhotra, a resident.

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