HC quashes plan for golf course, towers on Navi Mumbai wetlands | Mumbai News

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Thursday scrapped plans for an 18-hole golf course and a residential colony with 17 towers on a large water body surrounded by mangroves near NRI

Seawoods Complex

in

Nerul

off Palm Beach Road in Navi Mumbai.

A division bench of Justice

Abhay Oka

and Justice

Riyaz Chagla

struck down a

Maharashtra

government notification that removed the two pockets of land measuring around 21 hectares from the no-development zone for facilitating construction of the golf course and residential complex. Importantly, the bench directed Cidco, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and the state government to protect and preserve mangroves, wetlands and lakes in the satellite city.

Any destruction of water bodies and mangroves will lead to violation of the fundamental right under Article 21 of the Constitution of living a dignified and meaningful life, the bench added.

Among the water bodies to be protected are two lakes mentioned in the public interest litigations on which the orders were given: a 30-acre lake behind Delhi Public School, Nerul, and another behind Indian Maritime University on Palm Beach Road.

One PIL was by Navi Mumbai Environment Preservation Society in 2013 for protection of lakes, wetlands and mangroves, and the second by local resident Sunil Agarwal challenging the golf course and the residential complex, showcased as one of the 'Advantage Maharashtra' projects. TOI had first reported about the plan in September 2018.

Cidco had initially mooted p....

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