The change in land-use rules to convert 33 hectares of Aarey Colony — a green lung and no-development zone — to a metro car shed will be allowed only if stakeholders like the forest and environment ministries and the 227-member Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation give no-objection certificates, the BMC has told the state government.
The Shiv Sena, the BMC’s ruling party, has been against the plan to build a car shed inside Aarey. Citizens too have been campaigning against the government’s plan, worried that it may destroy one of the few green spaces Mumbai has left — more than 2,000 trees will have to be cut to make way for it.
In December 2016, the state urban development department issued a notification for the change in land-use rules for the 33 hectares.
It invited suggestions and objections from government agencies and citizens.
A senior BMC official said the change in land-use rules had to be notified under the Development Plan (DP) 1991, which had marked the entire area a no-development zone.
The DP 2034, however, while marking Aarey as a no-development zone, has already reserved the 33 hectares for the metro car-shed.
BMC’s statement to the government has now been sent to the improvements committee, which will meet on Thursday.