August 2015

Centre notifies ESZ around Pulicat Bird Sanctuary


Yet in another historic attempt to conserve India’s second largest brackish water lake, the Central government has notified an area of two kilometres from north to south all along the western boundary of the Pulicat Bird Sanctuary within the Pulicat Lake in Andhra Pradesh as an Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ).

The Central government has notified the ESZ through a gazette (No. 1365) published on June 26, considering responses from all the stakeholders who responded positively to a draft notification, issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) in January 2014.

“It is necessary to protect the ESZ from ecological point of view, prohibiting any industrial activities including salt cultivation within the notified two-kilometre area. However, the State government (Andhra Pradesh) should prepare the ESZ management plan by June 2017,” the gazette reads.


Centre drafts cyclone risk plan for Mumbai, Thane

MUMBAI: The NDA government has drafted an ambitious Rs541 crore national cyclone risk mitigation plan for Mumbai, Mumbai suburban, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.