Industries violating coastal laws can get away by paying compensation

Mayank Aggarwal | Scroll

Indian government allows industries violating coastal laws to get away by simply paying compensation
Representational image. | Shailesh Andrade/ Reuters

India’s environment ministry has come out with a set of rules which facilitates any industrial project that starts in an ecologically sensitive coastal zone without required permissions, to compensate by paying for a conservation and environmental management plan, and avoid the risk of closure.

On February 19, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change sent an “office memorandum” to all coastal states detailing the procedure for dealing with violations by industries starting projects without obtaining a valid Coastal Regulation Zone clearance.

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