Constructions that violate CRZ norms not to be regularised; Extends validity of the CRZ clearance by seven years
PANJIM: In what could grant major relief to project proponents, who failed to obtain prior clearances under the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) for their projects, the Union Ministry for Environment and Forest (MoEF) has decided to regularise all such constructions. However, it has declined to regularise projects which have violated CRZ norms.
Further, the clearance accorded to projects under CRZ would now be valid for a period of seven years, provided that the construction is completed and the operations commenced within those years. Also an extension up to three years is allowed.
MoEF on March 8 issued a notification amending the CRZ notification 2011 thereby extending the validity of the clearance and also granting post facto approvals. The applications received by June 30, will be considered for regularisation.
“All activities, which are otherwise permissible under the provisions of this (CRZ) notification, but have commenced construction without prior clearance, would be considered for regularisation only in such cases wherein the project applied for regularisation in the specified time and the projects which are in violation of CRZ norms would not be regularised,” the Ministry said.
“Such cases where the construction have been commenced before the date of this notification without the requisite CRZ clearance, shall be considered only by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, provided that the request for such regularisation is received in the said Ministry by 30th June, 2018,” the Ministry added.
MoEF has directed the concerned Coastal Zone Management Authority (CZMA) to give specific recommendations regarding regularisation of such proposals and shall certify that there have been no CRZ violations.
Meanwhile, the ministry has extended the validity of the CRZ clearance by seven years. At present, CRZ clearance under CRZ notification 2011 is valid for a period of five years.
“The Central Government has received representations from various stakeholders including State governments regarding extension of validity of clearance issued under Coastal Regulation Zone notification and for consideration of post facto clearance under in the said notification,” MoEF said.
Also the validity of the clearance can be extended for a maximum period of three years in case an application is made to the concerned authority by the applicant within the validity period, along with recommendation for extension of validity of the clearance by the concerned State/Union Territory CZMA.