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Maharashtra: Mumbai and Coastal Regulations: Conservation vs development October 28,2021   |  Source: Free Press Journal

The Indian coastline faces unprecedented pressures due to industrial and urban development, pointed out former Director of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) Dr Rakesh Kumar. Kumar was talking at a virtual panel discussion on the approval of the new Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change that was hosted by Mumbai First in association with Eco Support on Wednesday. The panel discussion titled “Mumbai & Coastal Regulations: A Battle of Decades" outlined various important points for the strategies towards the application of CRZ 2021 notification. The panel also discussed the trends which affect business investment and the environment During the panel discussion, Kumar presented a report prepared in 2009 by the MS Swaminathan committee. He further explained how the Indian coast is facing unprecedented pressures due to industrial and urban development. He pointed out that consequently, there is climate change-related devastation because of growing intensities of cyclonic storms and the eventual rise in sea levels. Kumar said, “Fishing communities are in double danger as well from conservative on one hand and development on the other, although they are the biggest and strongest stakeholders.

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