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State urges Centre to relax CRZ norms for developmental projects in villages

With the aim to pave way for development projects in state villages, the Maharashtra government has urged the Centre to relax Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms.

The state surveyed the 2,133 villages across 12 districts, covering 17,000 square km stretch, uniformly notified as ecologically sensitive zone by the Kasturirangan Committee.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “The government is not going to compromise on concerns related to environment. However, where there is no threat to ecology, we cannot withhold development. Adequate consultations with gram sabhas and public fora took place in a mammoth exercise that lasted for more than 12 months.”

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