Maharashtra bars construction within 100 feet of hill ranges

MUMBAI: There can be no new construction within 100 feet of foothills across the state. The area will have to be maintained as an open space and reserved as a no-development zone. Two years after the Pune bench of the National Green Tribunal ruled that no permission must be granted for building construction on hill tops (where the slope ratio is 1:5) as well as 100 feet around the foothills, the state urban development department has directed all municipal corporations and councils across Maharashtra to implement the order. There are essentially three hill ranges in the suburbs close to Mumbai—the Kharghar range (part of the Sahyadris), the Ulwe hills and those along the Thane-Belapur belt, where quarrying also happens. A plea had been filed before the tribunal in 2014 following indiscriminate cutting of hills in the Katraj ghats in Pune. In 2015 the tribunal ordered that for 100 feet from the foothills of the hills no building construction must be allowed. The notification states that urban local bodies whose development plan is under preparation or is being amended must ensure that such area is marked as an NDZ (no-development zone) and reserved as an open space. In areas where development...

15 Published By - The Economic Times - 2017.11.15. 06:27
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