No projects in coastal areas of Goa if CZMP not ready by October: Centre, ET RealEstate

August 28, 2023

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PANAJI: The development projects along the state’s coastal belt may come to a standstill if the Goa government fails to complete the coastal zone management plan (CZMP) by October, as it won’t be able to consider any project — private or public — for CRZ clearance.

The National Coastal Zone Management Authority (NCZMA) directed that all coastal States/UTs whose CZMPs are yet to be finalised as per the CRZ notification, 2019, must do the same within two months. The authority’s directions state that if this is not done, “no projects, private or government, should be considered for CRZ clearance as per the CRZ notification, 2011, in such areas”.

On August 1, the Union government set a deadline of two months to complete the CZMP.

The state government has set a target to prepare the CZMP 2019 by November.

The government has entrusted the task of preparing the draft to the National Centre for Earth Science Studies (NCESS), and it is expected to be ready by November. In July, the state paid the centre over Rs 39 lakh for this task.

A senior official said that till date, there has been no progress on this front, and that the state is likely to miss the Union government’s deadline.

The Union environment ministry issued the coastal regulation zone notification, 2019, on January 18 that year. This notification prescribes that all coastal states and Union territories revise or update their CZMPs framed under the CRZ notification, 2011, and submit it to the Union ministry for approval at the earliest.

The ministry said that all projects will need to be appraised as per the updated CZMP, and unless the CZMPs are revised or updated, the provisions of the notification won’t apply and the CZMP as per the provisions of the 2011 notification will continue to be followed.

The Centre said that the CZMP may be prepared or updated by the state or UT governments by engaging reputed and experienced scientific institution(s) or agencies, including the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM), Chennai, in consultation with concerned stakeholders.

The states and UTs are expected to update their CZMPs as per guidelines provided, in order to align them with the CRZ notification, 2019.

On September 1 last year, the NCZMA desired that state or UT governments expedite the updation or revision of their CZMPs, and directed that the same be completed by December 2022. “However, progress is very slow,” the NCZMA had said.

  • Published On Aug 28, 2023 at 05:00 PM IST

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