MUMBAI: The state government on Saturday made it clear in the legislative assembly that the tainted 31-strorey Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society would be demolished if the court so directed.

Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday said that the Maharashtra government was keen to build a six-lane coastal road along with a promenade along the city

Despite the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) giving an in-principle nod to the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation

As part of strengthening the preparedness for tackling tsunami-like disasters in coastal areas and islands, the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) on Thursday decided to include industry, thermal power, infrastructure and nuclear power in terms of reference for the environment impact assessment (EIA) for future projects.

The ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) will prepare a detailed disaster plan for each of the 340 islands of Andaman and Nicobar and 32 islands of Lakshadweep.

Called the "Integrated Island Management Plan", these islands, now under the new Island Protection Zone Notification, will no longer fall under the management of the Coastal Regulation Zone notification.

On 6th January 2011, MoEF still took the route of coming with another Coastal Regulation Zone Notification 2011 under Section 3(1) and Section (2)(v) of the Environment (Protection) Act 1986 and Rule 5(3)(d) of the Environment (Protection) Rules 1986, superseding the CRZ Notification issued on 19th February 1991.

While the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) ordered the demolition of the scam-hit Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society in Colaba, its residents are nowhere close to giving up.

Challenging the ministry

Thiruvananthapuram: The National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) and the Kerala Swatantra Matsya Thozhilali Federation (KSMTF) have decided to launch a nation-wide agitation from February 25 in protest against some of the

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