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Tourism minister wants CRZ relaxed for Karnataka

Tourism Minister R V Deshpande on Monday said that Union government and the Tourism ministry had accepted the recommendations made by Swaminathan Committee on relaxation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ). 



Addressing a press meet after inaugurating the exhibition centre of the 38th Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart, 2015, at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, the minister said that beach resorts were being allowed in a radius of 50-100 metres of the seas in other states and nations whereas no such construction was allowed within 500-metre radius in Karnataka.



“We have 90 beaches along the 320-km coastline, but have identified only 44 beaches and four islands for tourism purposes,”  the minister said.

Source: Deccan Herald

Green tribunal asks MoEF to explain CRZ dilution

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has rapped the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) for failing to explain procedures followed in relaxing of CRZ norms of wetlands in Kopri for a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project. The wetlands at Kopri in Thane were reclassified and scaled down from CRZ 1 to CRZ 3. The Tribunal had asked the state Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) committee to explain the reclassification of about 20 hectares, which, according to NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Manch that filed the petition, have been reclaimed for the project. Sushilkumar Srivastava, scientist with MoEF, was called and was present, but was unable to explain the procedure to be adopted or that had been adopted for re-classification of the CRZ by the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority, the tribunal noted. 

Green tribunal asks MoEF to explain CRZ dilution

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has rapped the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) for failing to explain procedures followed in relaxing of CRZ norms of wetlands in Kopri for a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project. The wetlands at Kopri in Thane were reclassified and scaled down from CRZ 1 to CRZ 3. The Tribunal had asked the state Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) committee to explain the reclassification of about 20 hectares, which, according to NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Manch that filed the petition, have been reclaimed for the project. Sushilkumar Srivastava, scientist with MoEF, was called and was present, but was unable to explain the procedure to be adopted or that had been adopted for re-classification of the CRZ by the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority, the tribunal noted. 

Green tribunal asks MoEF to explain CRZ dilution

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has rapped the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) for failing to explain procedures followed in relaxing of CRZ norms of wetlands in Kopri for a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project. The wetlands at Kopri in Thane were reclassified and scaled down from CRZ 1 to CRZ 3. The Tribunal had asked the state Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) committee to explain the reclassification of about 20 hectares, which, according to NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Manch that filed the petition, have been reclaimed for the project. Sushilkumar Srivastava, scientist with MoEF, was called and was present, but was unable to explain the procedure to be adopted or that had been adopted for re-classification of the CRZ by the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority, the tribunal noted. 

Centre to make green nod must for sand, gravel mining below 5 hectares

Centre to make green nod must for sand, gravel mining below 5 hectares 

 

NEW DELHI: To curb illegal sand mining, the Environment Ministry has decided to make it mandatory to take environment clearance (EC) for sand and gravel mining below five hectares from a district level authority.



The ministry has framed new guidelines for sustainable sand mining following the Supreme Court order, which said no mining lease or renewal be done without environment clearance irrespective of the size.