Gorai-Manori-Uttan Recreation and Tourism Development Zone (RTDZ) in Mumbai, MH, India

<div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Description</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld"></td><td class="columns"><div class="less">In its Regional Plan during 1996-2011 government of Maharastra planned to develop Manori-Gorai-Uttan area (MGU) of Mumbai as Recreation and Tourism Development Zone (RTDZ). Following this, the Government of Maharashtra vide Notification dated 24th August, 2004, appointed MMRDA as “Special Planning Authority” [4] for this purpose. </div><a class="seemore" href="#">See more...</a><div class="more" style="display:none">Accordingly, it had also notified 10,000 acres in the Gorai-Manori area to be destinated to this project. The plan will affect six villages including Manori, Gorai, Uttan, Dongri, Tarodi, Chowk and parts of Morva.<br/><br/>Earlier, the area was marked as no-development zone. <br/><br/>The Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) located in Mumbai has objectioning this project. They complained to the Chief Minister, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) commissioner and the principal secretary of the state urban development department saying that the policy is 'flawed'. The plan envisages converting land that is now labeled as Preservation Zone and NDZ land into "Green zone". According to them "The terminology green zone is misleading as this zone has building potential" and that converting the land is aimed at creating "farmhouses for the wealthy" [5] <br/><br/>The plan has been severely criticized also by the local residents, who have put up black flags int he villages in sign of protest [2]. More than 40,000 people in the area depend on farming and fishing for their livelihood. Villagers run small weekend resorts, and do some petty jobs for their livelihood. Up to now, there is no major commercial exploitation of the land. According to the villagers the proposed tourism hub will severely affect the thousands of people on their means of livelihood; they are also worried about a bridge between Marve and Manori, stating that it will increase the influx of people. Most of them are solely depending on farming, fishing and salt cultivation for their livelihood, which will be put in danger byturism industry [3].<br/><br/>Mobilizers also pint out that the MMRDA's plan does not leave adequate buffer around existing lakes and flood zones.<br/><br/><a class="seeless" href="#">(See less)</a></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Basic Data</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Name</td><td>Gorai-Manori-Uttan Recreation and Tourism Development Zone (RTDZ) in Mumbai, MH, India</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Country</td><td><a href="/country/india">India</a></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Province</td><td>Maharastra </td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Site</td><td>At-Manori, Gorai, Uttan; Mumbai</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Accuracy of Location</td><td>HIGH local level</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Source of Conflict</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Type of Conflict (1st level)</td><td>Tourism Recreation</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Type of Conflict (2nd level)</td><td>Tourism facilities (ski resorts, hotels, marinas)<br /> Urban development conflicts</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Specific Commodities</td><td><a href='/commodity/land'>Land</a><br /><a href='/commodity/tourism-services'>Tourism services</a></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Project Details and Actors</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Project Details</td><td class="columns">The total area of the region is about 43.13 sq. km. It includes 8 villages, of which Manori and Gorai has an area of about 19.52 sq. km. The area falls under the administrative jurisdiction of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM). The other areas of about 23.61 sq. km. fall under the jurisdiction of Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) [1, 4].</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Project Area (in hectares)</td><td>4,319</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Level of Investment (in USD)</td><td>166,370,688 (INR 1,000 Crore)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Type of Population</td><td>Urban</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Potential Affected Population</td><td>45,000-50,000</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Start Date</td><td>24/08/2004</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Company Names or State Enterprises</td><td><a href='/company/mumbai-metropolitan-region-development-authority'>Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority <small>(MMRDA)</small></a> from <a href='/country-of-company/india'><small>India</small></a></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Relevant government actors</td><td>Municipal Corporation of Brihan Mumbai, Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority, Government of Maharashtra, M/s. EPC Management Planning and Development Private Limited, Ahmedabad (Consultant) </td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Environmental justice organisations and other supporters</td><td>Dharavi Beth Bachao Samiti, The Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI)</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">The Conflict and the Mobilization</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)</td><td>MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Groups Mobilizing</td><td>Fishermen<br /> Local ejos<br /> Local government/political parties<br /> Neighbours/citizens/communities<br /> Social movements<br /> Local scientists/professionals<br /> Religious groups</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Forms of Mobilization</td><td>Blockades<br /> Development of a network/collective action<br /> Official complaint letters and petitions<br /> Public campaigns<br /> Street protest/marches<br /> Strikes</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Impacts</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Environmental Impacts</td><td><strong>Potential: </strong>Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Noise pollution, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Socio-economic Impacts</td><td><strong>Potential: </strong>Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Outcome</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Project Status</td><td>Proposed (exploration phase)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Pathways for conflict outcome / response</td><td>Strengthening of participation<br /> Under negotiation</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Development of Alternatives</td><td>Villagers wants minimum developments like concrete roads, infrastructure etc in the area. </td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Do you consider this as a success?</td><td>Not Sure</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Sources and Materials</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Legislations</td><td><table><tr><td><p> Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, 1966<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.sra.gov.in/data/250209mrtpact.pdf" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Links</td><td><table><tr><td><p> [1] Gorai-Manori-Uttan Recreation and Tourism Development Zone (RTDZ)<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://mmrda.maharashtra.gov.in/gorai-manori-uttan-recreation-and-tourism-development-zone-rtdz-" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> [2] Gorai villagers to take on government over tourism zone plan<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Gorai-villagers-to-take-on-government-over-tourism-zone-plan/articleshow/20097481.cms" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> [3] Growing opposition to SEZ in Gorai-Manori-Uttan<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.afternoondc.in/city-news/growing-opposition-to-sez-in-gorai-manori-uttan/article_87965" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> [4] Gorai-Manori-Uttan Notified Area<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://202.54.119.40/planning_gmua.htm" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> [5] Plan to convert coastal areas into tourism zone draws flak<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/plan-to-convert-coastal-areas-into-tourism-zone-draws-flak/951810/0" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> Govt approves plan to develop Manori-Gorai-Uttan belt for tourism<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.travelbizmonitor.com/govt-approves-plan-to-develop-manorigoraiuttan-belt-for-tourism-21426" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> Manori - Gorai - Uttan plan by MMRDA<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.east-indians.com/sezgorai.htm" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> Rs 1,000crore to turn Gorai into a tourist's paradise<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-rs-1000crore-to-turn-gorai-into-a-tourists-paradise-1835276" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr></table></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Meta Information</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Contributor</td><td>Swapan Kumar Patra </td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Last update</td><td>25/07/2014</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div>
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