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Special CRZ norms for choked city

Choking Mumbai has been given a fresh lease of life, Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh (above) said on Saturday, speaking at a press meet in the city.

mumbai Updated: Jan 09, 2011 01:25 IST
HT Correspondent

Choking Mumbai has been given a fresh lease of life, Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh (above) said on Saturday, speaking at a press meet in the city.

Ramesh was referring to the new Coastal Regulation Zone rules, which will free up nearly half the space — over 200 sq km — that has been closed to development since the CRZ norms first came into effect two decades ago.

About 146 crowded slum clusters and 620 cessed buildings near Mumbai’s coastline can now be cleared away and rebuilt as towers and planned residential areas, with new roads, open areas and parking spaces.

The 2011 notification, which has a separate set of rules for Mumbai, will also boost construction in fishing villages near to the coast. And the norms make special mention of Mumbai’s open spaces, declaring them no-development zones.

Hindustan Times had reported the changes first, on December 27.