Illegal structures in Mumbai’s CRZ to be demolished


In a bid to protect the city’s mangrove regions, the Mumbai suburban district administration will start the process of razing 53 illegal structures in the Coastal Regulation Zone in Versova, from the third week of March, 2017

The Mumbai suburban district administration will start the process of razing illegal structures in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) in Versova next week, an official said on March 5, 2017. The administration has identified 53 unauthorised structures in the CRZ in suburban Versova, he said.

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Social activist Abdul Choudhary had earlier written to the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA), asking it to initiate steps to demolish the structures. The letter was forwarded to the district administration. “We have received the complainant’s letter but even before that, we had issued notices to MHADA (housing board) and BMC, seeking details from them. Recently, we demanded that MHADA initiate action against structures that violate CRZ norms and had given them 15 days’ time,” said Deependra Singh Kushwah, Mumbai suburban collector.

“Since the time period given to MHADA has lapsed, the Revenue Department or the Collector’s office, will file a police complaint in the coming week and start the process of demolishing illegal structures,” he added.

 

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