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Valid clearance not issued by CRZ authorities for Bombay Coastal Road Project, says environmental activist Zoru Bhathena

Updated : July 16, 2019 01:24 PM IST

In a setback for the Bombay Coastal Road Project and a win for environmentalists, the Bombay High Court has quashed the CRZ clearances given to the Rs 14,000 crore Mumbai Coastal Project.

Environmental activist Zoru Bhathena spoke to CNBC-TV18 about the objections raised by the court.

“The issue before the High Court was regarding the environmental disaster which is happening on the coasts of Mumbai city by way of reclamation for a coastal road. Now everybody in Mumbai has seen the Bandra–Worli Sea Link which is a bridge on pillars which was the original design of this road which has minimal impact on the environment. However, a couple of years ago the government changed their plan and said that they want to reclaim the shores, the coast outside Mumbai and develop that into a road. The fact is that the road is a very small part of their entire work,” Bhathena said on Tuesday.

“Reclamation is that way environmental damaging because it has caused lot of issues not only to the sea but to Mumbai city as well. We all know the number of floods that we face every monsoon simply because of water in the city cannot go into the sea. The more you reclaim, more such issues will create,” said Bhathena.

Speaking about the issues regarding clearances, Bhathena said, “The permissions given by the CRZ authorities to do this work was challenged in the court. The High Court has held that clearance was not validly issued and has struck it down. We have also taken up the issue that a project of that magnitude has to have an environmental clearance after going into all the environmental aspects. There were no such clearances they never applied for such a clearance.”

“I am sure they will go before the Supreme Court, but we are also very clear that they have not complied with the law and we are quite sure that the Supreme Court will uphold the law in our favour.”
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