Maharashtra’s Environment Ministry approved the coastal zone management plans for five districts in the state. Hence, approximately, the 400 proposals awaiting sanction will now be heard by the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA). The five districts for which the coastal zone plans have been sanctioned are Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Mumbai City and Suburbs. A year ago, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) put stay on the meetings of the MCZMA r and asked to review these coastal zone management plans.
The meeting of Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority [MCZMA] will begin once the copies of these plans get uploaded on MCZMA website in the least time possible. Maharashtra’s Environment Ministry has received the copies of these plans.
The authority will look at the 400 proposals that include 300 government proposals and the clearing of projects will take nearly three months’ time. The MCZMA hold a special meeting in August in relation with some major Government projects and the details of this meeting will be diluted once the plans are in the public domain.
Anil Diggikar, Principal Secretary, environment ministry said that the department has received coastal zone plans for five districts and the same are being scanned and will be uploaded. The meetings will be held soon after a delay of one year and nearly 25 to 30 proposals will be discussed in each meeting. On a whole, the four meetings can be held in a month.
The Principal Secretary further said that major projects falling under the purview of coastal regulation zone notification of Environment Protection Act requires a clearance from the MCZMA. He also said that the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management directed Centre for Earth Sciences, Kochi, and Indian Institute of Remote Sensing to finalize the coastal zone plans for Thane and Palghar by October-end.