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. 

Government to soon allot 62 offshore mineral blocks for mining

Government to soon allot 62 offshore mineral blocks for mining 

NEW DELHI: The government is in the process of framing regulations for exploration and mining in offshore blocks, which contain minerals such as zirconium, titanium, thorium, tungsten and rare earth elements. 

Mines Ministry has set up a committee that is framing the rules under the Offshore Development and Regulation Act, a top ministry official has said. 

Missing: 2,000 mangrove trees at a Madh Island plot hacked, burnt

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In just a year, 2,000 mangrove trees at a Madh Island plot, in an area protected under the Coastal Regulation Zone, have been hacked and burnt.

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.