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Supreme Court clarifies ESZ boundaries of Tungareshwar Sanctuary, paves way for stuck real estate projects

MCHI-CREDAI, an apex body of real estate developers, had filed an interim application with the Supreme Court seeking clarification.

Representational image.

Representational image.

The Supreme Court (SC) on November 30 provided relief to real estate developers and home buyers of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) by giving a clarification that eco-sensitive-zone (ESZ) boundaries of Tungareshwar Sanctuary will be treated as per notifications issued by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF).

Several local bodies were having confusion whether to follow the fresh direction or follow the existing restrictions on construction owing to which apex body of real estate developers Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) and Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Associations of India (CREDAI) had filed an interim application with the SC and sought clarification.

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The SC order dated June 3, 2022, has embarked on 1 km restriction on new development around ESZ of various sanctuaries of MMR. Taking cognisance of the issue, CREDAI-MCHI took initiative and filed an interim application seeking clarification and appraising SC with notifications finalising the boundaries of each ESZ.