The proposal was formulated by the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB).
After being stalled for long, Maharashtra Maritime Board's proposal to execute development and beautification interventions at the Aksa beach area received partial clearance this year. As per reports, an anti-erosion wall will be built at the beach and the plans for setting up parks and other recreational facilities have also been approved. Reportedly, the other proposals including parking spaces, gyms, volleyball courts and a food plaza have been turned down by MCZMA.
Final approvals for constructions were given in June
In its 155th meeting, the MCZMA green flagged construction of the anti-erosion wall, parks and recreational areas, in adherence to the provisions laid by Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ). Further, the authorities have maintained that no construction activity should take place at the beach itself.
Archit Salunkhe, a resident of Mumbai said, "The regular dumps at the Mumbai beaches have hampered the sanctity of the city and they should be removed as soon as possible. The anti-erosion wall and development of parks around Aksa beach is a great initiative towards the beautification of the city."
Additionally, it has been reported that schemes like the Versova Beach project by the public works department and the Girgaum Chowpatty project by the municipal corporation were found to be violating the CRZ regulations. Since they were being used as garbage disposal grounds, many eco-activists have highlighted these issues in front of local legislators and other representatives. While these areas need a revamp soon, only environmentally viable plans will be rolled out for developing them.
-With inputs from HT.