A web portal for obtaining Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearances has been launched by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC). It is a web-based system which will be used for obtaining Ministry clearances under the (CRZ) by the Project proponents.
Objectives of the web portal:
- The portal has been launched to enhance transparency, accountability, and efficiency in the process of clearances of CRZ.
- It will boost responsiveness through workflows and will improve accessibility of real-time information on the CRZ clearance proposal status.
- It will boost convenience of citizens and ease of business in accessing services and information; standardised processes and procedures across both state and central levels.
- The user-friendly digital portal supports applications submission for CRZ clearance in a single-window interface.
- It facilitates swift flow of CRZ clearances-related information.
- The portal will the concerned State/UT bodies like the Town/ Municipal Planning agencies and State Coastal Zone Management Authorities (SCZMAs); and Project proponents for tracking status of their CRZ clearance proposals.
- The web-portal is based on web architecture, which is similar to the ministry’s existing systems for environmental & forest clearances.
About Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ)
Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) is the zone along the coastal stretches of seas, creeks, bays, rivers, estuaries, and backwaters along the coastline demarcated for planned development activity. The regulations in the demarcated zone are administered by the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ), 2011 issued under the under the Environment Protection Act, 1986’s Section 3. In the demarcated zone, the government imposes limitations on industry setup and expansion. It is obligatory to get clearances from local authorities and ministry to start any development project in the CRZ.