State relaxes rules for redevelopment near defence depots
“Huge relief to people living in dilapidated buildings around central ordinance depots. Relief to Jalgaon, Pune, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Aurangabad,” tweeted Fadnavis.mumbai Updated: Nov 08, 2016 00:42 IST
The state government has removed the last hurdle in redeveloping old buildings around defence depots. It has amended its 2010 circular which had virtually stopped all the revamp work in these places affecting thousands of residents staying at various places across island city and suburbs in Mumbai.
The government issued an amended circular based on the Defence ministry’s circular of October 21, relaxing the security barrier to 10 metres from the previous 500 metres for defence establishments and installations at 193 stations across the country.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said the circular was issued in accordance with the guidelines Ministry of Defence. “Huge relief to people living in dilapidated buildings around central ordinance depots. Relief to Jalgaon, Pune, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Aurangabad,” tweeted Fadnavis.
The 2010 circular had asked the civic bodies to seek clearance from the local military authority (LMA) for any construction activity falling within 500 metres of the defence depots.
The defence depots are located in places like Malad Kandivali, Ghatkapor Trombay, Wadala. According to Atul Bhatalkar, legislator from Kandivali, the move is a major relief to around 2,000 former residents in his constituency who are currently homeless as their buildings have been demolished. “These residents belong to 35 buildings who left their houses in hopes of moving into a new one to come to new homes in its place. However, the 2010 circular played havoc as builders were not able to go ahead with the construction work with the strict rules,” said Bhatalkar.