Builders Association of India (BAI) has welcomed the decision of ministry of environment and forests to lift the ban on sand mining in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra.

"The announcement made by Jairam Ramesh, Union minister for environment and forest, gives the construction industry a significant relief, which is bound to help in realising some of major infrastructure and housing projec

MUMBAI: The Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) has lifted the ban on sand mining in the ecologically fragile Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts along the Konkan coast, for two years. But while making this announcement, environment minister Jairam Ramesh clarified that mining activities will be restricted to those areas that do not fall under the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ).

In what could bring some relief to the developer community as well as infrastructure agencies of the city, Union minister for environment and forests Jairam Ramesh announced that the ban on sand mining in non-CRZ areas of Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts has been temporarily lifted.

The controversial April 15: The controversial Jaitapur nuclear power project will be implemented despite all the hurdles, said Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday and even suggested that an independent security system should be in place for all the six power plants in Jaitapur.

The mangrove species Heritiera littoralis Dryand, from which the name Sundarbans has been derived, has for the first time been found in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts by botanists.

A research paper about the findings of two botanists

The Mahul-Sewri mudflats are one of the 160 wetlands in the country which qualify for the Ramsar Criteria, according to the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), which released the list on the eve of World Wetlands Day.

The Mahul-Sewri mudflats have been the homes for thousands of migratory birds, mostly flamingos.

MUMBAI: The Union ministry and environment and forests (MoEF) has put on hold all new mining projects in the eco-sensitive Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts till June 30.

The MoEF extended its moratorium from December 30, all projects that will be considered for environmental impact assessment (EIA) have now been put on hold.

New Delhi: The Union environment and forests ministry on Monday extended the moratorium on environmental clearances to new projects in the coastal Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra up to June 2011.

In mid-August, the ministry had imposed a four-month moratorium on entertaining any new project for mandatory environmental clearance which expired at the end of 2010.


MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government reviewed the status of operational and proposed mining leases in the eco-sensitive Sindhudurg belt and adjoining areas on Wednesday.

Jairam Ramesh, Union minister of environment and forests, had ordered a review after a series of TOI reports highlighted an impending environmental disaster due to rampant mining.

Endangered Landscape

District-wise breakdown of the major projects


Ancillary development of Navi Mumbai airport, green areas released for housing and commercial exploitation


Navi Mumbai airport MahaMumbai SEZ.