All Permissions, Including Environmental, Were Legal: CM Chavan-Headed MMRDA
IN A sudden twist to the Adarsh case, the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, or MMRDA, has submitted an affidavit to the Bombay High Court stating that all permissions, including the environmental clearances given to the Adarsh housing society to build a 31-storey building at Colaba were legal.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) today directed the states and Union Territories (UTs) to identify violations of the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification of 1991 and take action within four months.

The ministry told states they could not justify inaction on the ground that the violations took place without their knowledge as latest technologies like satellite imagery and informati

MUMBAI: The legal outcome of the battle against destruction of over 400 acres of mangroves in Dahisar will be known early next week. The two-member Supreme Court panel heard the final arguments in the case on Tuesday, after studying the report submitted by principal judge M L Tahaliyani.

BJP legislator Vinod Tawde

CHENNAI: The Coastal Action Network on Monday opposed Coastal Regulation Zone Notification 2011.

In a statement Ossie Fernandes, co-convenor of the Network, said the new notification legalised all amendments that diluted Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification 1991 up to 2007.

The new notification had also legitimised the provisions of the rejected draft of Coastal Management Zone (CMZ) N

The Environmental Clearance Committee of the Union Finance Ministry has cleared Stage I of the environmental impact assessment planned for the Vizhinjam International Seaport Project.

The study will be conducted over two seasons; the 2011 southwest monsoon season and the postmonsoon months.

Following a diktat by Jairam Ramesh, environment and forest minister, the state government has started consolidating information about high rises with CRZ and FSI violations in the coastal areas of Mumbai.

The housing department claimed that the buildings that have violated norms may face Adarsh-like action.

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has directed the housing department to review the v

New CRZ notification sparks off fears, upsets fisherfolk
MUMBAI: The new Coastal Zone Regulation (CRZ) 2011 which has opened up construction along the sea has sparked off fears of Mumbai being ringed with high rises and mutating into a

Minister of environment and forests (MoEF) Jairam Ramesh will take recourse of section 15 of Environment Protection Act (EPA) to get the state government to enforce its demolition order if Adarsh housing society fails to comply within three months.

If implemented, the 31-storeyed building in Colaba will be the first residential structure to be pulled down for violation of coastal regulation zon

Terming the Union Environment Ministry