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City-based developers are expecting relief from the apex court as the civic body prepares to submit debris disposal reports on Tuesday. While developers are looking forward to court lifting the HC stay on new constructions, city planners and environmentalists think the environment impact of the order needs to be considered properly.
The housing sector in Mumbai was hit after the High Court stayed new constructions in the city in 2016. Many in the sector heaved a sigh of relief after the Supreme Court allowed construction for six months early in March this year.
“Construction businesses are already in deep trouble because of GST, RERA, and demonetisation. The ban escalated the issues. The industry currently lacks direction. Such decisions not only affect developers, but also 80 lakh labourers and their families across Maharashtra. He further added that state government is taking efforts for solid waste management and sewage disposal. Hence, we are expecting relief from court,” said Anand Gupta, Chairman, Infrastructure Committee, Builders Association of India.
On the other hand, builders are blaming civic body and the state government for failing to deliver on their duty. They said they shouldn’t have to pay for the failure of civic authorities to manage solid waste.
“The court should fine government officials for not creating space for dumping the debris. Targetting builders is uncalled for,” said a developer.
However, environmentalists in the city are up in arms against releasing any more sites for debris dumping.
“Debris sites are dubious. Builders should send debris to stone mines in Thane and Bhivandi to dump on low lying areas. Over a period of time, the debris could be used for reforestration in the area,” said D Stalin, Director of NGO, Vanashakti.
City planners have a different take on this issue. Pankaj Joshi, executive director, Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) told DNA that builders are worried about raising the cost of houses. There are more than 2 lakh unsold houses in MMR region and most of them cost more than a crore.
- Environmentalists in the city are up in arms against releasing any more sites for debris dumping.
- They suggest builders should send debris to stone mines in Thane and Bhivandi to dump on low lying areas.