MUMBAI: The ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC) will have to decide on the request for a special dispensation for 111 hectares of land in Navi Mumbai.

The land, which is in the inter-tidal zone, has been approved by the ministry of shipping for rehabilitation of residents whose land had been acquired 25 years ago for development of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. The land is adjacent to the port township, railway quarters, Customs quarters and Funde village.

An inter-tidal zone area is a Coastal Regulation Zone-I area as per CRZ notification, 2011, and no construction is allowed in this section. The area is part of the port area notified by MoEF in 2005 and is marked for port activities.

JNPT chairman Anil Diggikar was present at the 105th meeting of Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority to argue for the special dispensation. The land is being sought to be developed through City Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) and 12.5% of the developed land is to be given to project-affected persons. It was Cidco which had pointed out to JNPT authorities that the land was CRZ-I area.

“To allow the land to be developed as a relief and rehabilitation site will require a special dispensation under CRZ Notification 2011. Hence it has been decided to refer the matter to the ministry,” said officials.

Activists, however, pointed out that the CRZ-I area has existed since 1991.

It was in the ’80s that the state government acquired 1,172 hectares from 12 villages in Uran taluka for JNPT, which was commissioned in 1989. The government had then promised to allocate 12.5% of the developed land to the project-hit which worked out to 146.5 hectares. The government has already allotted 34 hectares to four villages under the Gaothan Extension scheme. The rest of 111 hectares is yet to be allotted.

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Source: TOI-MUM