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Campa Cola complex flouted eco norms too

Buildings falling under CRZ areas have more stringent restrictions with regard to height and the Floor Space Index (FSI).

mumbai Updated: Apr 30, 2013 01:37 IST
Reetika Subramanian

The outlook for residents of unauthorised flats at Worli’s Campa Cola complex, who are making last-ditch attempts to get their flats regularised and prevent the massive demolition drive on Thursday, appears to be grim as it has now emerged that the complex falls under the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and was built without the mandatory eco-clearance, according to civic data.

Buildings falling under CRZ areas have more stringent restrictions with regard to height and the Floor Space Index (FSI). The complex is already in the dock because it houses 17 and 20-storey high-rises, which were built even though the civic body had only granted permission for five-storey flats. There are charges of FSI violations as well. In all, there are 140 unauthorised flats across 35 floors and seven buildings.

Civic data shows that the seven buildings were constructed in the CRZ area, between 1981 and 1986 as per the provisions of the Development Control Rules (DCR), 1967, under which they were given permission to build five floors. However, in 2005, residents sought permissions for regularising the unauthorised floors under DCR-1991, which is more liberal. But the plea was turned down. “The residents had opted for regularising the unauthorised floors as per the provisions of DCR-91, which is not applicable for CRZ areas,” said advocate YP Singh.

Explaining how granting any leniency to residents would be nearly impossible, Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner said, “The illegalities identified in this case are very brazen. Besides the overall extent of the violations in constructing multiple unauthorised floors across all the buildings, the fact that the complex falls under the CRZ area makes the violations more severe.”

A senior civic official said that even the permissible FSI for the entire plot would not be enough to cover the illegally built floors — making it harder to make provisions for regularisation.

“The only way that the unauthorised area can be regularised would be by extending the boundaries of the complex area— which again, is not possible in this case,” said the official.