The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI -

• The En­vi­ron­ment Min­istry is­sued a no­ti­fi­ca­tion in 1991 reg­u­lat­ing de­vel­op­ment along coastal ar­eas, stat­ing that coastal land up to 500m from the High Tide Line (HTL) and a stage of 100m along banks of creeks, es­tu­ar­ies, back­wa­ter and rivers sub­ject to tidal fluc­tu­a­tions, is called the Coastal Reg­u­la­tion Zone (CRZ). These zones were di­vided into four cat­e­gories de­pend­ing on their dis­tance from coast and tide lev­els. • In 2011, the no­ti­fi­ca­tion was mod­i­fied. The dwelling units of the tra­di­tional coastal com­mu­ni­ties in­clud­ing fish­er­folk, trib­als could be reg­u­larised sub­ject to they not be­ing used for any com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity or be­ing sold or trans­ferred to non-tra­di­tional coastal com­mu­ni­ties. • The no­ti­fi­ca­tion gave con­struc­tion per­mis­sions for CRZ II ar­eas to­wards the land­ward side as well as rede­vel­op­ment of au­tho­rised struc­tures, but within the per­mit­ted FSI limit.

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