S.O. 595(E).- Whereas by the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Environment and Forests No. S.O. 114(E), dated the l9th February, 1991 (hereinafter referred to as the said notification) Coastal Stretches were declared Coastal Regulation Zones and restrictions were imposed on the setting up and expansion of industries, operations and processes in the said zone;
And whereas the Central Government constituted an Expert Committee under the Chairmanship of Shri B. B. Vohra to examine the issues relating tries, operations and processes in the said zone;
And whereas the said Committee submitted it report to the Central Government on 31st day of December, 1992 and the Central Government after considering the said report proposes to make certain amendments in the said notification;
And whereas vide No. S.O. 859(E), dated the 11th November, 1993, the objections/suggestions from the public were invited and duly considered and examined by the Central Government;
Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) and clause (v) of sub- section (2) of section 3 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986) read with clause (d) of sub-rule (3) of rule 5 of the Environment (Protection) Rules 1986, the Central Government hereby makes the following amendments in the aforesaid notification:-
[Amendment to No. S.O. 114(E), dated the 19th February, 1991]
In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (a) of sub-rule (3) of rule 5 of the Environment Protection Rule, 1986, the Central Government hereby makes the following amendments in the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Environment and Forests No. S.O. 114(E), dated the l9th February, 1991, namely:-
"For the purposes of this notification, the High Tide Line means the line on the land upto which the highest water line reaches during the spring tide and shall be demarcated uniformly in all parts of the country by the demarcating authority so authorised by the Central Government in consultation with the Surveyor General of India.
The distance from the High Tide Line shall apply to both sides in the case of rivers, creeks and back waters and may be modified on a case by case basis for reasons to be recorded while preparing the Coastal Zone Management Plans. However, this distance shall not be less than 50 metres or the width of the creek, river or back-water whichever is less. The distance upto which development along rivers, creeks and back-waters is to be regulated shall be governed by the distance upto which the tidal effect of sea is experienced in rivers, creeks or back-waters, as the case may be, and should be clearly identified in the Coastal Zone Management Plans";
Provided that the Central Government may, after taking into account geographical features and overall Coastal Zone Management Plans, and for reasons to be recorded in writing, permit any construction subject to such conditions and restrictions as it may deem fit;
(ib) no flattening of sand dunes shall be carried out;
(ic) no permanent structures for sports facilities shall be permitted except construction of goal posts, net posts and lamp posts;
(id) construction of basements may be allowed subject to the condition that no objection certificate is obtained from the State Ground Water Authority to the effect that such construction will not adversely affect free flow of ground water in that area. The State Ground Water Authority shall take into consideration the guidelines issued by the Central Government before granting such no objection certificate.
"Though no construction is allowed in the no development zone for the purposes of calculation of ESI, the area of entire plot including the portion which falls within the no development zone shall be taken into account".
[File No. K-15019/l/84-IA. III]
K. K. BAKSI, Addl. Secy.