UNION ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY’S ZONE SWITCH WILL SHRINK OPEN SPACES IN MUMBAI: ACTIVISTS

By: cjprincemedia

On the contrary, a proposal to bring to the beautiful open spaces of Mumbai, in a new zonal classification that provides greater protection against empiéreurs and the lobby Builder seems to be a new idea.

However, a careful examination of the plan shows that it can actually reduce spaces – a nightmare scenario for a city that has only 0.09 m² per citizen open area.

Environmentalists have raised serious objections to the proposed coastal zone management plan that aims to consolidate parks, gardens and playgrounds in the coastal regulation area (CII) category II-III allows for a certain type of construction in open spaces.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Union proposed the change.

All areas that fall under CRZ III are the “undeveloped areas”, which means that there are no commercial or residential buildings.

However, a clause gives an index of floor space (ISP) and 15 percent for the construction of civil facilities, stadium, gymnasium and other facilities for recreational and sports activities.

Greens say a structure of this type will essentially reduce the size of open spaces, which are already under pressure from developers, politicians and unscrupulous troublemakers.

“I understand that notification is the direct exhaustion of open spaces under the pretext of preserving them.

They use an NDZ roof [no development zone] to allow the construction of 15 percent of the open spaces and is a smart management, “said architect PK Das, who had assigned open spaces in Mumbai.

“Under the control of the Development Regulations, open spaces can not be affected, according to DP 2034, 90 percent of them fall into CRZ II. Open spaces of the periphery “.

Activists are particularly concerned about the way civil servants define civilian services. Community centers, health centers, auditoriums, schools, colleges and hospitals could also be included in the broad term.

“Officials do not allow clubs, malls or office buildings, other buildings could be authorized,” said Das. “A stadium and gymnasium is a commercial structure.” There will be no ticket sales, advertising and sponsorship.

An official of the State Department of Environment said that it was for the first time a provision that allows some buildings had been included in a plan to protect open spaces.

A high-level department BMC Development Plan has attempted to address activists’ concerns, saying construction of 15% would not be allowed without the approval of the coastal zone management authority in Maharashtra.

“Construction should be a secondary use for open spaces. It could be hygienic facilities, stadiums, and gyms that account for less than 15% of the Internet junction providers,” the official said.

But Ashok Ravat, a member of the Nagar executive committee, an NGO struggling to preserve open space, said the proposed reclassification of open spaces under CRZ III would reduce the city’s green cover by 15%. “This goes against the intent of the Environmental Protection Act,” he said.

Ecologist D Stalin NGO Vanashakti said the ministry’s proposal was the first step towards opening all non-go zones in the CRC scenario for construction. “Look how Aarey colony was included as NDZ and zoning has been changed,” he said.

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