Mumbai development body eyes 300 acres of salt pan land
Swathes of salt pan land next to the Eastern Express Highway may make way for real estate projects if the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has its way. The planning authority is looking at developing seven plots of salt pan land, totalling 300 acres, between Mulund and Kanjurmarg. There is a total of 5,400 acres of salt pan land spread across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
The MMRDA, which is the planning agency for Mumbai and its Metropolitan Region, is in the process of appointing a consultant who will study the technical viability and identify land space and prepare a master plan. The pre-bid meeting with the consultants is expected to be held on January 13. “We have identified seven sites covering 300 acres of land which has development potential. We will be appointing consultant by January who will study its detailed layout,” said a senior MMRDA official.
The seven sites zeroed in on are between Kanjurmarg and Mulund and part of it even enters Thane. The consultant will study if these swathes of land fall under the rules and regulations of local municipal corporations, obstruct buffer zones, non-developmental zone (NDZ) and coastal regulation zone (CRZ) rules. They will also inspect the condition of these salt pan lands to see if development is possible there.