Despite CRZ violation,no action taken against builder

The civic body had granted permission for dumping debris at the same spot,calling it “open land”.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: December 12, 2013 3:36:52 am

Despite the mangrove cell’s report on Costal Regulation Zone (CRZ) violations due to dumping of debris within 50 m of mangroves at NL Complex in Dahisar (East),the civic body has not filed any case against the builder yet. The civic body had granted permission for dumping debris at the same spot last month,calling it “open land”.

The civic body asked the builder to remove the debris “without any delay” on Saturday after the report was filed. “We found that debris was being dumped within 50 m of mangroves,which constitutes CRZ violations. As it is not forest land,we have sent the report to the civic body,which has to act in the matter” said D L Mate,range forest officer,mangrove cell.

Just weeks after the builder was penalised for illegally dumping debris at the plot,the solid waste management (SWM) department allowed the builder to ‘transport approximately 270 brass construction debris at NL Complex’ on November 18. It also asked the builder to ensure that barricading and enclosure are provided at the construction site to contain dust.

However,the civic body claims that the permission granted for dumping debris was “conditional”. “We had specified that debris should not be dumped within 50 m. We gave permission for dumping it on adjacent plots; not all of them are within 50 m of mangroves,” said Santosh Dhonde,Assistant Municipal Commissioner from R-North ward.

According to Dhonde,the builder Wednesday provided documents that a layout plan had been approved for the plot. “There is a wall on this plot,which the builder says came up in 1989,before the CRZ rules came into effect. We will look into the documents,but if the debris is not cleared soon,we will initiate action under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act,” said Dhonde.

“Any plot where there is no construction is called open land. We are investigating the matter,” said J K Patel,assistant engineer,SWM,R/North.

However,local activists claim that the site is covered with mangroves on all sides and at some places,the debris lies within 50 m of the trees. “No time frame for clearing the plot has been mentioned. The ward officer claims that they were shown a different plot where debris was supposed to be dumped. This can be a case of cheating. Yet,none has been filed against the builder,” said Harish Pandey,member of the New Link Road Residents’ Forum.

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