Bombay High Court quashes CRZ approval to Rs 14,000 crore Mumbai coastal road project

Mumbai: The Bombay high court on Tuesday nullified the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) approval granted to the city civic body’s ambitious Rs 14,000-crore coastal road project, saying there was a serious lacuna in the decision-making process and lack of proper scientific study.

A division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice N M Jamdar in its ruling said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) cannot continue with work on the 29.2 km-long projects, proposed to connect Marine Drive area in south Mumbai to suburban Borivali in north Mumbai.

The court observed that the environmental approval was required to be taken by the BMC under Environmental Impact Assessment notification issued by the Centre.

“We acknowledge that the civic body cannot progress with the works without obtaining an environmental clearance under EIA notification. Further, approval under the Wildlife (Protection) Act-1972 should also be taken,” the high court said.

The bench set aside the CRZ clearances while allowing a bunch of petitions filed by activists, residents and fishermen from the city challenging the project.

The bench quashed and set aside the approval granted by the MCZMA on January 4, 2017, the nod given by the EAC on March 17, 2017 and the final approval granted by the MoEF on May 11, 2017.