MCZMA notice to Shah Rukh

The MCZMA has sent a notice to Shah Rukh Khan to respond in writing to allegations of CRZ violations during the construction of his Bandstand home,Mannat.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:October 10, 2011 2:31 am

The MCZMA has sent a notice to Shah Rukh Khan to respond in writing to allegations of CRZ violations during the construction of his Bandstand home,Mannat.

The MCZMA had on March 12,2009,decided to serve Khan a notice under Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act (EPA),1986,asking him to respond with details,after a complaint by activist Amit Maru. He alleged various violations,including coastal,during the construction of Mannat. But the actor has allegedly not responded till date.

“Since there was no response for so long,we lodged a complaint under Section 19 of the EPA in July this year,which requires one to give a notice period of 60 days to appropriate authorities to respond,” said Y P Singh,Maru’s advocate.

Several CRZ violations have been alleged,chief among them that the land,which was reserved for an art gallery as per the Development Plan of 1990,was changed to residential allegedly without environment clearance and MCZMA approval,the competent authority in the case.

Secondly,despite Mannat being a heritage building,two structures were allegedly demolished without environment clearance and a seven-storey building was constructed without permission from MCZMA. Thirdly,permission to construct a swimming pool and double-level basement parking was allegedly given without checking permissions for the first two phases — the change in reservation and the building construction.

MCZMA member secretary B N Patil issued the notice on September 13. Meanwhile,Khan’s spokesperson Nilufer Qureshi said,“He is in Chennai.”

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