Tamil Nadu State Coastal Zone Management Authority gives go ahead for the TNHB project
The Tamil Nadu State Coastal Zone Management Authority on Wednesday gave CRZ (Coastal regulation Zone) clearance for the redevelopment project of Foreshore Estate to be undertaken by the Tamil Nadu Housing Board.
According to sources in the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA), the CRZ clearance will facilitate planning permission for the 2800 dwelling units proposed to be constructed in the area.
The authority has permitted the construction of stilt-plus-five floors for the residential project in Foreshore Estate that falls under CRZ II, which includes areas that have been developed up to or close to the shoreline. Even though a FSI (Floor Space Index) of 2.25 is permissible for the project, the FSI to be actually realised under the project will be only 1.97. The project has been cleared as it is on the landward side of the road that existed before 1991.
According to the CRZ notification dated January 6, 2011, by the ministry of environment and forests, any development or redevelopment in CRZ-II including Santhome shall continue to be undertaken in accordance with the norms laid down in the Town and Country Planning Regulations of February 19, 1991. So the project will have to be implemented according to the provisions of the first master plan.
The liberalised norms of development according to the second master plan of the CMDA will not be applicable in CRZ-II that includes developed areas in zones close to the shore. Most structures permitted by the Corporation in CRZ-II are ordinary buildings. According to the second master plan of CMDA, there is a variation in permissible limits of plot coverage, parking norms and FSI exemption due to liberalisation of norms. For CRZ-II from Ennore to Tiruvanmiyur in the Chennai Corporation limits, the plot coverage permitted is 65 per cent.
Land and water bodies falling under CRZ-I — including tide-influenced water bodies like backwaters, creeks, estuaries and mangrove forests — are critically vulnerable and declared no-development zones. CRZ-III includes areas along the coast that have been relatively undisturbed. CRZ-IV covers the area from the low tide line to 12 nautical miles into the sea.