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Government of India
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
13-December-2011 18:32 IST
Extraction of Sand in Coastal Regulation Zones
The Ministry of Environment and Forests had issued guidelines on 8th November, 2011 for removal of sand in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) area of rivers/estuaries by manual methods by traditional communities. The procedure to be followed inter-alia include constitution of a Seven Member Committee including a representative of local community under the chairmanship of concerned District Collector who will make recommendations for permitting the quantity of sand to be removed for given period avoiding ecologically sensitive areas.

The Ministry has received requests from some State Governments including Goa for removal of sand in CRZ areas. Based on this request, the guidelines referred in parts (a) and (b) of the Question above were issued.

The violations in the CRZ regulations are dealt with under the provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, which is enforced by the concerned State/Union Territory Coastal Zone Management Authorities

This Information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (I/C)Smt Jayanthi Natarajan in a written reply to a question by Shri Shantaram Naik in Rajya Sabha Today.