MUMBAI: Residents of coastal areas may not require permission from the State Coastal Zone Management Authority for construction of houses up to 3,000sq feet.
The state government has made the proposal to the Union ministry for environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC) while forwarding the draft coastal zone management plans (CZMP) for Palghar, Thane, Sindhudurg, Raigad and Ratnagiri.
A presentation of the draft CZMPs based on the Coastal Regulation Zone 2021, was made to CM Eknath Shinde, who approved of the plans. The CZMPs will now be sent to the MoEFCC for its final approval.
The restriction on development has been reduced from 100 metres to 50 metres from the tide line for creeks, rivers and streams.
This will give a boost to tourism, said state environment secretary Pravin Darade who made the presentation.
Under the new notification, it will be possible to regularise old houses and create community infrastructure, said Darade.
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