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Over 300 projects in Mumbai stuck for defence nod: NAREDCO
ET Realty  |  June 21, 2019

Satish Nandgaonkar Mumbai Mirror

While the Army guidelines restrict construction within a 10-metre radius, the Navy forbids construction activities within a 500-metre vicinity, claims NAREDCO.

 

Over 300 projects in Mumbai stuck for defence nod: NAREDCO Over 300 housing projects near defence installations are stuck in Mumbai due to restrictions placed on building constructions near defence establishments based on Ministry of Defence guidelines, the National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO), the apex body of developers, has said in a letter to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. While the Army guidelines restrict construction within a 10-metre radius, the Navy forbids construction activities within a 500-metre vicinity, claims NAREDCO.

 

Rajan Bandelkar, president of NAREDCO, Maharashtra, which functions under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (Mo-HUA), has written to Singh seeking clarity in the MoD circular, which governs the no-construction zones around defence installations across Mumbai, and asked for a meeting to discuss the issue.

 

The main issue that NAREDCO is trying to raise concerns the MoD guidelines issued for No Objection Certificates for building constructions in the vicinity of defence establishments. The original circular issued on May 18, 2011 (F.11026/2/2011/D (Lands) by the ministry in the wake of controversies over Sukna and Adarsh building scandals was modified in October 2016.

 

The May 2011circular had said that any construction within 500 metres of defence establishments can be a security hazard and will require a NOC from the Station Commander. In October 2016, the ministry said the security restrictions would apply to 193 Army establishments for building proposals within 10 metres from the outer wall.

 

“The October 21, 2016, circular was issued to strike a balance between security and safety vis-à-vis the legal rights of the plot owner or society or developer. We state that the purpose of MoD has not been achieved. The restrictions up to 10 metres from defence boundary are applicable to Army establishments only and don’t work for the Navy. This seems like an oversight,” Bandelkar told Mirror.

 

“Due to the huge variations in guidelines between the Army and the Navy, almost 300 housing projects are affected. The Navy has rejected so many proposals and even some under construction at various stages of completion,” Bandelkar said in his letter.

 

Bandelkar pointed out that that the problem has led to a deadlock especially for old buildings, with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai granting permissions, while the Navy refusing clearances.

 

The issue had also come up before the Bombay High Court in October 2018 when a Kanjurmarg housing society had filed a petition challenging the stop work notices issued to a 12-storey redevelopment project based on Navy’s guidelines. A high court bench had then asked the MoD to frame a uniform policy for all defence establishments. The areas where projects are stuck include Colaba, Worli,, Kanjurmarg, Ghatkopar, Vikroli, Thane, Kandivali, Malad and Juhu, said an industry source.