New Dellhi : The Environment and Forest Ministry on Tuesday banned construction in the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) areas around the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali east.
The area so marked in the final notification issued on Monday vary from a minimum 100 metres from the park boundary to the maximum 4 km. Announcing this, Environment and Forest Minister said the extent of ESZ varies at different places, depending upon the geographical area.
He said the ESZ area covers 59.46 square kilometres, 40.21 sq km of which is non-forest land and the rest forest land. The objective of notifying Eco-Sensitive Zones is to create a buffer as further protection around Protected Areas (PAs) such as National Parks and Wildlife sanctuaries.
With a view to further avoid man-animal conflict, the notification provides for erection of a high wall fencing in the areas around the housing societies and with high human habitation around the park. The fencing was felt imperative in view of a large population of leopards in the park.
On the objections raised over the draft notification issued in January on regulating development around the park, an area of 1.65 sq km land for the Mumbai Metro Rail Shed of Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation, temples etc has been excluded in the final notification.
Due to its unique location in the middle of a bustling city, any new construction within ESZ shall be in accordance with Bombay Municipal Bye-Laws and Approved Development Plans and applicable laws and regulations under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act and vide provisions of the ESZ notification.
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