The Minister of State
(Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri
Anil Madhav Dave, launched the web portal for obtaining Coastal
Regulation Zone clearances, here today. The Minister termed the launch
of the portal as a good example of ‘Ease of Doing Business’.
The Portal is a web-based system for obtaining clearances required from
the Ministry under the “Coastal Regulation Zone” (CRZ) by the Project
proponents. The system will enable the Project proponents and the
concerned State/Union Territory bodies like the State Coastal Zone
Management Authorities (SCZMAs) and Municipal/Town Planning agencies in
tracking the status of their proposals. The system is based on web
architecture, similar to the existing systems in place for according
environmental and forest clearances.
The Portal is a very user-friendly initiative, which enables submission
of applications for CRZ clearance in a single-window interface and
facilitates quick flow of information related to CRZ clearances. The
portal allocates a unique identity for each proposal for all future
references. It is accessible from any computer with internet facility.
The objectives of the web portal include – enhancing efficiency,
transparency and accountability in the process of CRZ clearances;
enhance responsiveness through workflows and availability of real-time
information on the status of CRZ clearance proposals; ease of business
and convenience of citizens in accessing information and services;
standardised procedures and processes across Central and State levels.
There are other initiatives underway, like the notification of High Tide
Line/Low Tide Line (HTL/LTL), ecologically sensitive areas falling under
CRZ-1, hazard line etc. All these steps are aimed at minimising
discretions and enhancing accountability at all levels.