CREDAI activists divided on constructions
The state government’s notification banning fresh construction up to 100ft (30.48m) from the foot of any hill has evoked contrasting reactions from developers and environmentalists.
While the Maharashtra unit of Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (Credai) has urged the government to reconsider the notification, the environmentalists hailed the move while asking “the government to not yield to pressures mounted by builders’ bodies.”
Credai said the notification will hamper redevelopment efforts of existing structures while putting those with land holdings by the foothills at a serious economic disadvantage. “The open land around the foothill is an invitation to slums and encroachments,” Credai Maharashtra president ShantilalKataria said.
“The notification is not a state order. It is a fallout of National Green Tribunal’s order. The spirit of the order should not be tampered with by anyone,” D Stalin, director of Vanashakti, an environmental NGO, said.
He added that with the (implementation of) the order, at least the remaining hills will be seen as hills and not as a concrete jungle. “Also when there is a landslide or a hill collapse, will the developers take responsibility for the safety of the project?” he asked.
Noted environmentalist MadhavGadgil also backed the notification, terming it a very good move. “The spirit of the order seems to be in the right direction,” he said.