MMRDA To Find Out How Much Salt Pans Land Can Be Used For Affordable Housing
The MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority) will carry out the exercise of superimposing the new Coastal Regulatory Zone Maps (CZMP) on the maps of salt pan lands. The objective is to find out how much land from salt pans can be used for affordable housing projects of the state government.
The environmentalists are opposing the exercise on the grounds that it will cause environmental disasters. Ironically, the MMRDA in its draft development plan of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), published in 2016, had observed, salt pans are not only important for a livelihood, economy and salt production perspective but are critically important from the point of view of flood protection as they are shallow, depressed areas holding sea water.
It also says that the land pockets face “a serious threat from the construction lobby”.
According to activists, out of around 2,177 hectares of salt pan land around 700 hectares will be freed up for the housing.
A senior official from MMRDA said, after receiving CZMP maps, they will be superimposed on salt pan land maps and area which will be found to be out of CZMP regulations will be used for affordable housing projects. However, the final decision on the issue will be taken by the state government.
Project director of environmental NGO Vanshakti said the salt pan land may not be suitable for housing as the soil in these areas is weak and may not able to take the load of construction. Besides, constructions on this type of land can cause floods in the city. Though the state is pushing for affordable housing on the salt pan land, the central government, which owns this land, is yet to give up its claim on these lands.
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