PANAJI: Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral today informed that the National Coastal Zone Management Authority (NCZMA) has in principle, agreed to drop the port limit from the final coastal zone management plan (CZMP) 2011.
Cabral also said that as requested by the State, only authorized structures of the government will be shown on the CZMP 2011.
Speaking to reporters, Cabral said that NCZMA has granted in-principle approval dropping the port limit and all other structures, except authorized ones from the final CZMP 2011.
The minister said that process to finalize the CZMP 2011 has commenced, and within the next few months, it will be done.
Cabral further said that as per directions from the national green Tribunal, we have also initiated a process to prepare CZMP 2019.
He said that quotes have been invited with empanelled MOEF agencies for drafting the new plan.
While uncertainty looms over the finalisation of the long-pending Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) 2011, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has granted Goa just two months to complete and finalise the CZMP 2019 that will be based on the 2019 CRZ notification.
All other States have approved their 2011 Coastal Zone Management Plan.
A six-member NGT bench headed by Chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel, in an order passed on April 11, noted that in spite of the CRZ Notification being issued in January 2019, the CZMPs 2019 have not been finalised and approved for 11 States and Union Territories.
Based on the submission made by the Union Ministry for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), the Bench also observed that CZMPs 2011 of all coastal States except Goa have been approved under the provisions of the CRZ Notification, 2011.