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Maharashtra coastal body halts construction of mall in Mumbai, asks for files on green clearances

The mall is located along Mithi river in BCK and is close to mangroves.

mumbai Updated: Aug 18, 2017 01:33 IST
Badri Chatterjee
Badri Chatterjee
Hindustan Times
The structure is currently on the sea-ward side and in the mangrove buffer zone, said an activist.

The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) has asked the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) to stop construction of a shopping mall at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) till it is proved that the project has all environmental clearances.

The mall is located along Mithi river and is close to mangroves. The MMRDA leased the 20-acre plot to the private company in October 1991.

The plot was used to house a drive-in-theatre before it was demolished. The MCZMA has asked the company to provide proof of environmental clearances.

It issued the directions on August 11 under the Environment Protection Act, 1986. “You are directed to stop the construction,” read the order issued by Satish Gavai, chairman, MCZMA, and additional chief secretary of the state environment department.

Gavai said the decision was taken during an MCZMA meeting in June where they looked at permissions for the project from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the district collector and the MMRDA.

“We have asked for various documents, including permissions and no-objection certificates, and copies of environmental and costal regulation zone (CRZ) clearances. We also want to know the commencement date of work, the exact location of the plot and how far it is from the creek, mangroves or mangrove buffer zone,” said Gavai.

“Work is halted until all these documents are studied by MCZMA,” he added.

Santosh Daundkar, an RTI activist, filed a complaint with the MCZMA in May, alleging illegal construction of shopping malls and office complexes at a plot located at Parighkhar in BKC, and that the private company had violated FSI rules, altered the plot reservation and flouted environmental norms.

“Construction has been carried out on CRZ3 where no construction is permitted. The structure is currently on the sea-ward side and in the mangrove buffer zone. There has been mangrove destruction without MCZMA permission or any environmental clearances,” said Daundkar.

YP Singh, a lawyer representing Daundkar, said, the issue needed to be investigated.

An official from the company said that the concerned person was not available for comment.

First Published: Aug 18, 2017 01:33 IST