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CRZ Notification 2011 issued
January 08, 2011

CRZ Notification 2011 issued


8 January 2011

The ministry for environment and forests has issued a Coastal Regulation Zone Notification 2011 replacing the CRZ Notification 1991.

PANAJI:  The ministry for environment and forests has issued a Coastal Regulation Zone Notification 2011 replacing the CRZ Notification 1991, which gives protection to all the pre-1991 coastal structures belonging to the traditional communities in the state.

The Environment Minister, Mr Aleixo Sequeira told a press conference on Friday that the new notification, issued exactly 20 years after the previous one, will protect the coastal dwellings of the traditional communities which existed before 1991. He also stated that the government has four months at its disposal to identify the illegal structures along the coastline and another equal amount of time to demolish the same.

The Environment Minister informed that the new notification would now be placed before the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court, as many of the cases related to the period of existence of such dwellings are pending before the High Court.

Thanking the Union Minister for Environment and Forests for considering all the related requests of the Goa government  and giving special consideration to Goa as well as its problems in the notification, Mr Sequeira said the dwelling units of the traditional coastal communities, including fisherfolk, tribals,  which were permissible under the provisions of the CRZ notification, 1991 but have not obtained formal approval from concerned authorities under the aforesaid notification will be considered by the respective state or Union Territory CZMAs and the dwelling units will be regularised subject to the conditions namely, these are not used for any commercial activity and these are not sold or transferred to non-traditional coastal community.
“The new notification will be very much beneficial to the traditional coastal communities,” Mr Sequeira added, pointing out that as per the notification, no construction will be permitted within No Developmental Zone except for repairs or reconstruction of existing authorised structure not exceeding existing Floor Space Index, existing plinth area, and existing density, and for permissible activities under the notification including facilities essential for activities.

“The construction/reconstruction of dwelling units of traditional coastal communities, including fisherfolk, may be permitted between 100 and 200 mts from the High Tide Line along the seafront in accordance with a comprehensive plan prepared by the state government or the Union Territory in consultation with the traditional coastal communities including fisherfolk and incorporating the necessary disaster management provision, sanitation and recommended by the concerned state or the Union Territory CZMA to NCZMA for approval by the ministry of environment and forests,” Mr Sequeira said, adding that the government would now draw out a comprehensive plan for the purpose. He however, refused to put a deadline for preparing the plan.

He  further said that for an area between 200 mts and 500 mts, the construction or reconstruction of dwelling units will be permissible so long they are within the ambit of traditional rights and customary uses such as existing fishing villages and goathans. “Building permission for such construction or reconstruction will be subject to local town and country planning rules with overall height of construction not exceeding 9 mts with two floors (ground plus one floor),” he added.

The Goa specific provisions in the new notification states that in view of the peculiar circumstances of the state of Goa, including history and other developments, the specific activities shall be regulated and various measures will be undertaken as follows; the government shall notify the fishing villages wherein all foreshore facilities required for fishing and fishery allied activities such as traditional fish processing yards, boat building or repair yards, net mending yards, ice plants, ice storage, auction hall, jetties may be permitted by gram panchayat in the CRZ area.

“The reconstruction, repair works of the structures of local communities including fishermen community shall be permissible in the CRZ,” the Goa specific provisions add, pointing out, “Purely temporary and seasonal structures customarily put up between the months of September to May will be permissible.”

“The eco-sensitive low-lying areas, which are influenced by tidal action known as khazan lands shall be mapped,” the Goa specific provisions notes, stating that “the mangroves along such as khazan land shall be protected and a management plan for the khazan land prepared and no developmental activities shall be permitted in the khazan land.”

These provisions also call for surveying and mapping of sand dunes, and beach stretches along the bays and creeks.

On the parting note, Mr Sequeira said  the government would now have to map the khazan lands as well as protect mangroves around the state.