HC says no to Mumbai Coastal Road sans environmental clearance and scientific Study

In a major blow to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the Mumbai High Court has quashed the clearance on Coastal Regulation Zone granted for the Rs 14,000 crore ambitious coastal road project.

In the order, the high court said that there was discrepancy in granting the clearance and proper scientific study has not been held. With this order, the civic body cannot go ahead with its work on the 29 kilo metre project connecting Marine Drive and Borivali.

Quashing the clearance on a bunch of petitions, the Court stressed that the civic body should have to get environment clearance for the project under the Environment Impact Assessment notification. The court also ordered that the civic body should have to get permission under the Wild Life Act.  

The decision of the BMC to go ahead with the coastal road was challenged by activists, environmentalists and fishermen in the region.

In the order, the court also mentioned that the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority had not considered the scientific study that was much needed for a project like this. It said that the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change should have looked into if a proper study was held and also about its impact.

The environmentalists and activists had challenged the work, stating that it would have adverse impact on the coastal region and also the marine life.  In April, the High Court had stayed the works on the coastal road after which the civic body had challenged in the Supreme Court. In May, the apex court had allowed the corporation to continue with the existing work and not to start any new work. It also ordered the High Court to hear the case at the earliest.

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