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Maharashtra: To seek extension of deadline to submit coastal maps’ draft to MoEF by Badri Chatterjee April 16,2018   |  Source: Hindustan Times

Upholding an order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) principal bench from November 2017, the Apex Court passed an order earlier this week that the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) has been asked to prepare the final draft of the coastal zone maps by April 30. However, the MCZMA chief and additional chief secretary, state environment department, Satish Gavai said that they will ask the SC for more time to submit the draft maps, as maps from three districts are yet to be finalised. These maps indicate the high tide line and hazard line, and also demarcate coastal regulation zone (CRZ) areas. This has great significance for Mumbai, where builders have been rampaging through CRZ areas, and on the flipside the state has passed notifications relaxing CRZ norms for ease of business.

On November 22, 2017, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Delhi passed an order directing all coastal states to submit draft of the Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) maps by April 30 and further directed the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) to develop the final maps by July 31. “In the event any state government or union territory do not submit the said plan, they shall be liable for exemplary costs of Rs5 lakh, which should be recovered from the

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