Judgement of the National Green Tribunal regarding CRZ clearance for construction of retaining wall, service road along with the banks of the river Mithi, Mumbai, 31/05/2016

  • 31/05/2016

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Jalbiradari & Others Vs Ministry of Environment & Forests & Others dated 31/05/2016 regarding grant of CRZ Clearance for construction of retaining wall, service road along with the banks of the river Mithi, Mumbai by M/s Mumbai Metropolitan Region and Development Authority (MMRD). grant of CRZ Clearance for construction of retaining wall, service road along with the banks of the river Mithi, Mumbai by M/s Mumbai Metropolitan Region and Development Authority (MMRD). Nearly 90 per cent of the project had already been completed particularly in relation to the construction of retaining wall on the flood plain of river Mithi which is primarily intended to protect the flooding of the adjacent areas.

Tribunal noted that the  project proponent - Mumbai Metropolitan Region and Development Authority (MMRDA) has started the project without compliance to the relevant provisions of law. It caused environmental degradation and even the blasting work was carried in violation to the relevant laws in force and directed MMRDA to pay Rs. 25 lakhs as Environmental Compensation, which will be subject to final adjustment upon submissions of the report by the expert body including the money required for taking restorative and remedial measures.