Rules for construction along the coast – Coastal Regulation Zone

Rules for construction along the coast – Coastal Regulation Zone

The Court has lately directed for the destruction of few buildings in Chennai, for infringing Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms. While the CRZ norms are formed by the Union Environment Ministry, enforcement is deemed to be done by state governments through Coastal Zone Management Officials. Every state is supposed to devise its own coastal zone management plans according to the central Rules.

The Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Norms

CRZ Norms regulate personal and industrial activity near the coastline, to preserve the frail ecosystems near the shores. The Rules, mandated under the Environment Protection Act, 1986, were initially formed in 1991.

They aimed to limit specific kinds of practices, such as high foundations, establishing new industries, storage or disposal of hazardous material, mining, or recycling and bunding, within a specified range from the coastline.

In all CRZ Norms, the regulation zone has been determined as the area up to 500 m from the High-Tide Line (HTL). Different sorts of restrictions apply, based on criteria like the population of the area, the ecological sensibility, the distance from the coast, and whether the region had been assigned as a natural park or wildlife territory.

Basis of Rules Implementation

The primary intention is to preserve fragile marine and aquatic life forms, both animals and plants from unregulated expansion and the aggressive climatic change. The areas immediately next to the sea are notably home to many.

Endeavouring to understand the New Rules (revisions) formed under CRZ regulations? Well, we will review that in detail very soon. For more updates, visit:

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