Mumbai, Jul 16: In a victory for environmentalists, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday quashed the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance granted to the Mumbai coastal road.
Allowing a bunch of petitions filed by the environmentalist against the Mumbai coastal road, the court said environmental impact assessment is required. It did not grant a stay on its order. The court held that the Coastal Road work has been proceeding without requisite permissions. Quashing the CRZ permission, it said an Environmental Clearance (EC) was mandatory. No further work can be done by BMC on this coastal road project, it added.
Earlier last month at the hearing, a bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Nitin Jamdar had said, "It is common sense that where there are coral reefs, they need stagnant water. You are causing fairly irreversible damage to that part of the coast." The HC judgement comes in a clutch of public interest litigation (PIL) against proceeding with Mumbai’s coastal road (south) project sans any environmental impact assessment.
The Chief Justice had earlier observed, "This has to be justified. Have to show how much damage will be caused. We have to track where it all went wrong." His remarks had come after hearing at length submissions by senior counsels Janak Dwarkadas and Gayatri Singh for activists who approached the HC against the rampant reclamation of the coast in south Mumbai for the project. (UNI)