In a move that will bring a number of redevelopment projects in the city back on track, the defence ministry has modified its 2011 rule to exempt projects in the vicinity of defence establishments, which were approved before May 2011, from getting a no-objection certificate.
After the Adarsh society scam, the state and the Centre had issued circulars making NOC from the local defence units for construction activities mandatory. The modified circular, which was issued on Wednesday, will clear the way for revamp of housing societies, buildings and slums in suburbs such as Kalina, Malad, Kandivli and Kurla, and Worli and Colaba.
“Various construction projects were stuck since 2011 because of the failed policies of the Congress-led state and Central governments. We followed up the matter with the ministry. The circular will help around 20,000 tenements in the city,” said Kirit Somaiya, a city MP. However, the modification will not apply to the changes made to the height of the building after May 18, 2011.
The state government last month withdrew its 2010 circular lifting restrictions on construction activities near defence establishments. However, it kept the restrictions on constructions in the area surrounding the defence establishment under the ambit of the Works of Defence Act, 1903.