To get the stalled Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd Metro back on track,MMRDA will meet and request Union environment minister Jayanti Natarajan to relax norms for a car depot proposed in a coastal regulation zone at Charkop.
The ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) has banned washing and maintenance activities in CRZs. MMRDA will request Natarajan,who is visiting the city Thursday,to allow maintenance in CRZs 2 and 3.
Nearly 50 per cent of land earmarked for the car depot is in CRZs 2 and 3. If the ministry prohibits maintenance in CRZ-1 and allows it in the rest of the area,it will clear a major hurdle and we will be able to start execution of the project, a senior MMRDA official said.
Land between high tide and low tide lines,which is likely to be inundated due to a rise in sea levels,is classified as CRZ-1,while land in municipal limits developed up to or close to shoreline comes under CRZ-2. CRZ-3 covers relatively undisturbed areas outside CRZs 1 and 2.
We have agreed to virtually all other conditions the environment ministry has imposed,such as building the car depot on stilts,even though it is increasing the cost by Rs 600 crore to Rs 700 crore. We have also agreed to shift the sewage treatment plant outside, the official said.
Execution of the 32-km elevated Metro corridor,which is to be completed by 2014,is yet to begin primarily because the car depots at Charkop and Mankhurd do not have environment clearance.
MoEF okayed the project in 2011 but set several conditions for construction of car depots. It prohibited washing and maintenance activities at the depots.
There should not be a problem with the Mankhurd depot now that we have agreed to build it on stilts. We wont carry out maintenance activities there, the MMRDA official said.