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MORE COASTAL SPACE FALLS TO BUILDERS

If the state’s recent spate of approvals is any indicator, bypassing environmental norms for development on coastal land in Mumbai is easy – simply cite encroachment by slums. Last month, Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority, the state authority regulating development on coastal land, cleared four proposals all needing either excess Floor Space Index that is FSI or a change in land reservation. These proposals have been forwarded to the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF) for clearance. If that clearance comes, it will make way for a five-star hotel in Prabhadevi, and three slum redevelopment projects in prime real estate – Lower Parel, Worli and Bandra. All these projects are in the Coastal Regulatory Zone. MCZMA examines proposals for development inside the CRZ. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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