Proposed Notification on River Regulation Zone
a. The notification could be similar to the CRZ notification, and should restrict, regulate or prohibit various activities in specified stretches of rivers to a specified distance on both sides from the natural levee. The distance will vary from a minimum of 500 m to the point reached by the 10- year peak flood in the plains.
b. River courses need to be divided into various "ecozones" or ‘reaches’ depending upon their climatic and geomorphic features, state of degradation, human use and potential for restoration. The activities to be regulated may be site-specific for each zone. The activities to be regulated include: various forms of encroachment on river beds and floodplains, particularly all permanent constructions; further channelization by levees; disposal of solid wastes, and landfills in floodplains; intensive agriculture using agrochemicals and manure; uncontrolled extraction of sand; intensive grazing and excessive harvesting of vegetation; immersion of idols (especially those using non-degradable and toxic substances); disposal of dead bodies, and religious offerings in indiscriminate manner, etc. Even mass bathing, wallowing of cattle and washing of clothes should be regulated.
c. The MOEF should set up a Committee to draft the notification which must take into consideration all scientific, technical, socio-economic, cultural and administrative aspects. The Draft should be discussed in another Workshop with representatives of different stakeholders, government agencies and administration, before circulation to the States for comments.
Any Comments on this draft notification may be sent to Prof. Brij Gopal, School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi - 110 067, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org