No extension for film sets on Madh islands CRZ land

The Indian Express | 2 months ago | 27-09-2022 | 03:45 am

No extension for film sets on Madh islands CRZ land

The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority has rejected the proposal to give extension to three studios that had come up on CRZ land at Madh Islands.Mumbai News1Mumbai: Now, get ‘report card’ of your corporator on your mobile screens2Framing of charges would get hit: Court while denying Varavara plea to travel to Hyderabad3Sena MLA’s car ‘attacked’, 10 Shiv Sainiks arrestedMore from MumbaiThe MCZMA on February 24, 2021 had given permission for six months to set up temporary structures of film sets for shooting purpose at village Eranagal in Madh at Malad West. The permissions were given to Balaji Tirupati Cinemas, Bhatia Bollywood Studios LLP and Expression studios. The MCZMA on February 24, 2021 had given permission for six months to set up temporary structures of film sets for shooting purpose at village Eranagal in Madh at Malad West. The permissions were given to Balaji Tirupati Cinemas, Bhatia Bollywood Studios LLP and Expression studios.

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The Indian Express | 4 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 02:45 pm
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Times of India | 9 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 10:10 am
Times of India
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