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Tamil Nadu: Notice to Centre, State for diluting CRZ rules September 15,2021   |  Source: Daily Thanthi Next

The plea moved by K Bharathi, president, South Indian Fishermen Welfare Association, challenged an office memorandum issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change abandoning the process of obtaining prior clearance, which is contrary to the CRZ notification, 2011, that insists on obtaining prior permission for activities within a regulated coastal area. The first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice PD Audikesavalu directed the governments to file their counters with three weeks after conceding with the petitioner that if the process was abandoned, there would be wanton degradation; even if the parameters are left unaltered, the activities undertaken before permission may cause irreversible change and completely destroy the environment. “The petitioner maintains that even if, in course of granting the ex post facto clearance or refusing the same, that part of the project which contravenes norms is required to be undone or the entirety of the project is required to be abandoned and the activities undertaken stopped together with the construction razed, the damage that it would have done may be irreversible or may take decades together before the natural scheme of things is restored,” the bench observed.

The bench led by Chief


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