MMRDA to appoint consultant for its salt pan master plans

Previously, the Devendra Fadnavis-led state government had proposed housing projects in Mumbai's salt pan lands. But, the environmentalists had opposed the proposal stating that the construction could lead to additional flooding in the city

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In an attempt to enhance the production of salt, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has floated a tender calling interested consultants to prepare a master plan of salt pan lands in Mumbai and metropolitan region.

Accordingly, MMRDA had announced that the last date for submission of documents is December 6 and the envelopes will be opened on December 10, 2019. The deadline has been extended by another month.

Previously, the Devendra Fadnavis-led state government had proposed housing projects in Mumbai's salt pan lands. The suggestion was made to reach the housing demands of citizens following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mission of housing for all, by 2022.

But, the environmentalists had opposed the proposal stating that constructing over the salt pans can lead to an increase in the possibility of flooding in Mumbai. They claimed that the salt pans act as a flood plain during the rainy season and resist flooding in the city.

After which, the state in 2015, had asked the MMRDA to prepare a master plan and accordingly, few surveys were also carried out. But, to date, no development on these lands was undertaken.

In Mumbai, salt pans are in Wadala, Ghatkopar, Turbhe, Kanjurmarg, Bhandup, Nahur, Mulund, Malvani and Dahisar. The extended suburbs, such as Mira-Bhayander and Virar in Palghar district also has salt pan lands.

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