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HindustanTimes Sat,30 Aug 2014

PM to hear appeal on CRZ map issue

Sayli Udas Mankikar , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, September 23, 2013
First Published: 09:10 IST(23/9/2013) | Last Updated: 09:16 IST(23/9/2013)

As the Centre moves to finalise the new coastal regulation zone (CRZ) maps, which will convert large parts of the satellite city into no-development zones, the Navi Mumbai planning authority, Cidco, and chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday to try and convince him to make an exception for Navi Mumbai.

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Based on the salinity of water, the new high tide line (HTL) that has been drawn has moved almost one kilometre inland, which will change the environmentally sensitive zones once the new CRZ maps are finalised.

Cidco officials said t hat approximately 1,240 hectares of saleable land will fall under CRZI, which is a no-development zone, and this is likely to lead to a loss of around Rs35,000crore.

Chavan and Cidco officials will make a presentation to Singh requesting him to give Navi Mumbai special dispensation so that major infrastructure and housing projects don’t get stalled.

Among the projects that will get hit will be the proposed international airport.

“Although the airport project will not be affected directly, the project-affected people who are allotted land will come under CRZ, which is like giving them unproductive land. More than 1,250 hectares of land acquired by Cidco, 3,000 hectares in the process of being acquired and a large chunk of people’s land will get stuck,” said a senior Cidco official who will make the presentation to the PM, requesting anonymity.

Earlier, the HTL in CRZ maps was drawn on the basis of where the bunds ended, but the new HTL is based on salinity of water.

Navi Mumbai was built on a system of dykes, bunds and holding ponds. Over the years, the bunds and gates have got damaged and saline water has met creek and pond water and there’s mangrove growth.

This affects the HTL.


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