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Nod for Coastal Zone Management Plan in Mumbai to boost development near creeks & bays

The plan was approved on last Wednesday on the recommendation of the National Coastal Zone Management Authority.

Mumbai is all set to witness a big change in the upcoming days with the approval of the Coastal Zone Management Plan by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Now, the new Coastal Regulatory Rule, 2019, will be applied across Mumbai City and suburbs. In simple words, the plan permits increased development on land along the coastal areas, which previously were outbounds under the CRZ categories.

New plan opens development & real estate in creek & bay areas

In the 43rd meeting of the National Coastal Zone Management Authority on August 16, a recommendation was tabled for the approval of the CZMP for Mumbai city and suburbs. The final order was issued on September 29. The Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) rules permit the development in the creek and bay areas of Mumbai up to 50m from the high tide line, instead of the earlier 100 m. The moves a quantum of land open for development, real estate and construction activities.

It further allows several housing societies and slums in Mumbai to be eligible for redevelopment, in line with the increased available space. These areas will get a renewed Floor Space Index (FSI) or permissible limit, equal to other parts of the city.

Distinguishing eco-sensitive areas from development-friendly areas

As announced by the Principal Secretary of Environment, the new CRZ policy will be implemented in Mumbai with the final notification of the Coastal Zone Management Plan. As per the project timeline, the Centre has approved the CRZM, 2019 in December 2018 but the plan faced a block when the Union linked the CRZ notification with the finalisation of the CZMP maps.

The said maps use a colour coded system to demarcate land pockets based on their ecology in a graded (I - IV) format. This includes high tide and hazard lines, fishing zones, intertidal areas, mangrove forests and buffer areas, turtle nesting sites, cyclone shelters, koliwadas and gaothans. These sheets also recognise lands that may be used for development.

Projects near high tide lines and bay areas to get more FSI base

The clearance of maps was awarded on Wednesday, demarcating sensitive areas from construction friendly areas. Reportedly, this clears the execution of Development Plan-2034, which can award up to 4.05 FSI in the city and 3.4 in suburbs, depending on the road width. The new space also holds a potential market for builders.

Earlier, developers whose projects were within 500 m of the high tide line and 150 m from the bay were allowed only a base of 1.33 FSI in the city and 1 in the Mumbai suburbs. The map clearance, as such, regulates a two and half times increase in FSI. On the same lines, once the government stakes are waived from the Slum Rehabilitation Authority projects in CRZ, several slums in Mumbai will get more FSI.

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The fine-diner has been set up using a discarded rail coach.

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Backed by the Rude Box Entertainment, this lit event is bringing you the coolest DJ line up

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Mumbai's Sion Flyover to remain shut on weekends till January 9, 2022 due to repair work

Check out the alternate routes chalked out by the Mumbai Traffic Police here.

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Amusement parks in Maharashtra to open for visitors from Oct 22nd

Here's a detailed report of all services that have been unlocked in the state so far

After allowing cinema halls and theatres to restart services, the govt has now permitted dry amusement parks in Maharashtra to reopen, Friday onwards. The administration on Monday decided to reopen all dry amusement parks in the state from October 22 after a detailed discussion with the state COVID Task Force and Children's Task Force. Additionally, shops and restaurants have also been granted longer working hours now. Read on to know more about the orders.

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Newly launched e-buses to connect Lucknow to nearby rural areas from October 25

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