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NEW STRINGENT CRZ RULES FOR MUMBAI

crz1The Centre has scrapped the Coastal Management Zone (CMZ) rules 2008, which was being worked out to replace the existing Coastal Regulation Zone rules (CRZ) of 1991. Union Minister for Environment Jairam Ramesh declared this at a conference on coastal laws held in the city. The CRZ demarcates ecologically sensitive zones like mangroves and saltpan lands and restricts construction and developmental activities in these areas to protect the environment. The scrapping comes as a setback to builders, especially in Mumbai, as CMZ was going to do away with the existing demarcated 200-m-wide

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