The environmentally sensitive Gorai-Manori belt is set to witness massive construction activity on the beaches and the creek with the Maharashtra government clearing the decks for its development as a tourism hub.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted on Sunday evening that he had cleared construction activity in what are known as the excluded parts – the areas that had restrictions on building activity – under the development plan in Gorai- Manori, Kalyan-Dombivli and Solapur.
The locals in Gorai-Manori, however, opposed the CM’s move and claimed that they were not taken into confidence. “Thousands of objections were registered with the government, but no cognizance has been taken as the government wants to force its decision on us. This will completely destroy the ecology of the area. The DP has allowed development even in the areas with thick mangroves. We are planning further course of action to oppose the move,” said Godfrey Pimenta, vice-president of Bombay East Indian Association.
The locals claimed that 11 villages from Uttan, Manori and Kulvem would be badly affected if the development activities were allowed.
The additional FSI in the area adjoining the beach and the creek will see more resorts and other such constructions.
“The Excluded Parts (EP) were approved today after having completed the due process. The FSI would be applicable as proposed in the DP by the MMRDA, which is the special planning authority for the area,” said an official from the Urban Development Department.
After the idea was first mooted in 2004, the MMRDA was appointed as the special project authority for the area. It will sanction all the building plans for the region. The DP has provision for a 5-km coastal road to allow easy access to the beach and connect Bhayandar and Manori. The DP proposes FSI ranging between 0.1 and 1. The gaothans will get FSI of 1 while resorts will be allowed an FSI of 0.3, said an official from Mantralaya.