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03 May 2012
Yogesh Naik, Mumbai:

Cutting across party barriers, MLAs and members of legislative council on Thursday put forth their demands, before Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, for an early solution to the problems faced by old buildings in the suburbs.

Most legislators complained that the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification is a huge barrier in redevelopment of old buildings in the city and suburbs, including koliwadas and gaothans.

Under the new CRZ norms, there are restrictions on developments near the coast and FSI is regulated.

In the meeting organised at the state guesthouse Sahyadri, which ran for more than eight hours, the legislators wanted the government to implement the suggestions of Afzulpurkar committee. The  committee had suggested various measures for redevelopment of old buildings in the suburbs.

The problems were vociferously raised by Leader of the Opposition, Vinod Tawde and Ghatkopar (E) MLA Prakash Mehta. Tawde said that the government must start a tendering system to weed out corruption in the Slum Rehabilitation Authority.

Mehta demanded that the stay on redevelopment of slums at Ramabai Colony in Ghatkopar be lifted. He also requested the CM that the colony be developed as a township so that facilities like hospitals, police station and schools could come up there.

After hearing out the legislators, the CM said that he would call for a  meeting with the urban development department on May 11 to finalise steps for implementation of recommendations made by the Afzulpurkar committee.

He also assured them that he would meet Union Environment Minister Jayanti Natarajan soon seeking relaxation of CRZ norms that will pave way for redevelopment of old buildings.

Among other issues discussed at the meeting, MNS MLA Bala Nandgaonkar said that his party wanted dedicated hospitals in Mumbai for women and another for senior citizens.

Most suburban MLAs minced no words in criticising the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority saying the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar metro and
Chembur-Saatrasta monorail had made lives miserable for residents along the route and for motorists.