Manora MLA hostel redevelopment: Maharashtra coastal zone authority gives nod to MMRDA plan

The hostel's redevelopment project will have to be conducted according to six conditions laid down by the MCZMA.

Sanjay JogUpdated: Saturday, September 17, 2022, 11:10 PM IST
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Manora MLA hostel redevelopment: Maharashtra coastal zone authority gives nod to MMRDA plan |

The much awaited redevelopment project of the state legislators’ hostel, popularly known as Manora Amdar Niwas, adjacent to the Vidhan Bhavan at Nariman Point, is almost ready to take off.

The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) has agreed to recommend the proposal submitted by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to the planning authority concerned as per the CRZ Notification 2019.

The coastal zone authority has, however, laid down six conditions for reconstruction, which were included in the minutes of the meeting uploaded on its website on September 16.

The reconstruction project comprises two buildings – 28-storey Tower A and 40-storey Tower B; earlier, the permissible height was 25 and 45 storeys each. A senior official from the Maharashtra state legislature told the Free Press Journal, “After the final consent from the planning authority, the high-power committee comprising the chief minister and the deputy chief minister will consider the ‘request for proposal’ received from the bidders and give its nod for the project to take off.”

As per the MCZMA, the proposed development should be in accordance with provisions of the CRZ notification, with the planning authority strictly ensuring that the floor space index (FSI) of the CRZ II portion of the plot (this zone includes places that have already developed up to the shoreline) is in the permissible range.

The plot area is 13,429.17 sq m and the proposed FSI is 72,166.41 sq m. The redevelopment will be carried out as per 5.4 FSI.

Further, the planning authority and the BMC should ensure that the plinth of the proposed building in the ecologically sensitive CRZ I area should not extend seaward on the existing authorised points. Besides, the debris generated during the project should not be dumped in the CRZ area. It should be processed scientifically at a designated site. The planning authority will also have to ensure that solid waste is handled as per rules and no untreated sewage is discharged onto the coast or into coastal waters. 

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