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Coastal protection rules to be diluted: Bonanza for tourism, realty sectors

Ecotourism projects, link roads, coastal roads would now be allowed in ecologically sensitive areas

Nitin Sethi  |  New Delhi 

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is preparing to overhaul the environmental regulations which protect the 7,500-km coastal belt from overdevelopment and exploitation. In a bonanza, particularly for the tourism and real estate sectors, the draft proposes easing several key provisions to allow development activity on the coasts. A copy of the draft, under the final stage of inter-ministerial consultations, was accessed under the Right to Information Act by Delhi-based CPR-Namati Environment Justice Program and reviewed by Business Standard.  The draft ...

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First Published: Fri, May 26 2017. 02:16 IST
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