HC quashes CRZ clearance for coastal road project

Restrains BMC from proceeding with the 29.2 km-long project
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday set aside the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearances granted to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for the ambitious Rs. 14,000-crore coastal road project, saying there was “serious lacuna” in the decision-making process. Pointing out that there was lack of proper scientific study, the court said environmental impact assessment (EIA) is required. A division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice N.M. Jamdar restrained the BMC from proceeding with work on the 29.2 km-long project, proposed to connect Marine Drive area in south Mumbai to suburban Borivali in north Mumbai. The court “upheld the notification dated December 30, 2015 amending the CRZ 2011 but holding that the clearance granted under CRZ-2011 by Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA), expert appraisal committee (EAC) and Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) are illegal.” The court said, “we quash the approval granted by MCZMA on January, 4, 2017, the approval granted by EAC on March 17, 2017 and the final approval granted by MoEF on May, 11, 2017.” In its 219-page judgement, the court held, “without an environmental clearance under EIA Notification the project could not commence and BMC would therefore be required to apply for clearance under EIA Notification, which would require public consultant as per EIA Notification and at that stage the fishermen community would get an opportunity to present their case.”

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/hc-quashes-crz-clearance-for-coastal-road-project/article28496687.ece

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