Bombay HC quashes CRZ clearances to Rs 14,000 cr coastal road project

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The Bombay High Court today quashed the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearances granted to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's 14,000-crore rupees Coastal Road Project. The project proposed to connect Marine Drive area in south Mumbai to Borivali in north Mumbai.

A division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice N M Jamdar quashed the CRZ clearances while allowing a bunch of petitions filed by activists, residents and fishermen from the city challenging the project.

The court's ruling means the city civic body cannot continue to work on the project. In April, the Bombay High Court prohibited the BMC from carrying out any further work on the project following which the corporation appealed in the Supreme Court.

In May, the apex court permitted the corporation to carry out the existing work, but prohibited it from doing any new work. The apex court then directed the high court to take up the petitions for final hearing.

The petitioners challenged the reclamation and construction work for the project saying it will irreversibly damage the coastal ecosystem and deprive the fishing community in the city of its source of livelihood. (AIR NEWS)

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