MUMBAI: Defending the BMC’s decision to open up vast tracts of ‘no development zones’ (NDZs), chief minister Devendra Fadnavis echoing late chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, he said it is not “never development zone”. Rather NDZs are actually “future development zones”, he said.
While replying to a discussion on Mumbai in the legislative assembly on Friday, Fadnavis said 63% of the city’s land mass cannot be developed and the population has to be accommodated on only 37% of the landmass. Nearly 30% is natural areas, 12.5% roads, 14.5% is designation, 2% Aarey and 4.5% are various reservations.
In Mumbai, the BMC which has published the draft Development Plan 2034 for the city has proposed creating 10 lakh affordable housing by opening up the NDZs. Fadnavis said as per the 1991 Development Plan, 13,706 hectares was marked as NDZs.
“Of these 10,351 hectares are natural areas, which can never be developed. When we say natural areas it means mangroves, eco-sensitive zones, hill slopes, water bodies etc. We are protecting mangroves to ensure that the city never suffers from a tsunami,” he said.
Of the balance 2,696 hectares, only 2,100 hectares will be used for affordable housing.
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