In what is being seen as an anti-environment move, the state urban development department has proposed to relax Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules. The UD department which is headed by chief minister Ashok Chavan has proposed to relax Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules. The Centre had proposed that the Coastal Management Zone (CMZ) would replace the CRZ but, due to opposition from various quarters, it lapsed. The Centre then said that the CRZ would continue and the state government demanded special concessions for Mumbai. At present, there are a lot of curbs to develop slum rehabilitation schemes, the urban development (UD) department has asked the Centre to allow SRA schemes and ones under Section 33 (9) of the DC regulations. The UD has also asked for more FSI in CRZ areas. But an official in the environment department said that if such a thing was approved by the Centre, then it would result in mayhem and builders would grab prime sea-facing plots.
November 22, 2009