Seeking to foster a dramatically decreased environmental impact, the state government in Mumbai seeks to pass legislation that would require developers to receive a “no-objection certification” from local forestry departments in order to continue with projects. This comes as part of a move to increase the green coverage of the city from 20% to nearly 33%.
Construction and infrastructure projects in the city might soon require clearing another green hurdle before work on them commences.
The state government has plans to make it mandatory for such projects to get a no-objection certification (NOC) from the social forestry department.
The initiative will be part of a new policy for social forestry being finalized by the state government.
Nitin Raut, minister, employment guarantee schemes and water conservation, government of Maharashtra, said that the NOC condition will feature in the new state policy. He added that the condition would also be applicable for industrial and road projects in urban, semi-urban and rural pockets.
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