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Tuesday, 15 May, 2018, 15 : 28 PM [IST]

Draft CRZ 2018 - A game-changer for Indian tourism?



Key recommendations of the proposed notification are exemptions in CRZ-IA areas which are classified as most sensitive and generally no activities shall be permitted to be carried out. The Draft proposes Eco-tourism activities such as mangrove walks, tree huts, nature trails, etc., in identified stretches, areas subject to such eco-tourism plan featuring in the approved CZMPs with due consultative process/ public hearing etc. and further subject to environmental safeguards and precautions related to the Ecologically Sensitive Areas, as enlisted in the CZMPs.

In the CRZ II areas as well, the proposed guidelines recommend development of vacant plots in designated areas for construction of beach resorts/hotels subject to the conditions / guidelines. Temporary tourism facilities shall be permissible in the beaches falling in CRZ II areas. Such temporary facilities shall only include shacks, toilets/washrooms, change rooms, shower panels, walk ways constructed using interlocking paver blocks etc., drinking water facilities, seating arrangements, etc.



Such facilities shall however be permitted only subject to the tourism plan featuring in the approved CZMPs as per this Notification, framed with due consultative process/ public hearing etc. and further subject to environmental safeguards enlisted in the CZMPs.

In areas falling under CRZ III, wherever there is a national or state highway passing through the NDZ of CRZ-III areas, temporary tourism facilities such as toilets, change rooms, drinking water facility and temporary shacks can be taken up on the seaward side of the road.

On landward side of such roads in the NDZ, Resorts / hotels and associated tourism facilities shall be permitted. Such facilities shall, however, be permitted only subject to the incorporation of tourism plan in the approved CZMPs as per this Notification and the conditions / guidelines applicable.

Temporary tourism facilities shall be permissible in the NDZ of CRZIII areas. Such temporary facilities shall only include shacks, toilets/ washrooms, change rooms, shower panels; walk ways constructed using interlocking paver blocks etc, drinking water facilities, seating arrangements etc. Such facilities shall however be permitted only subject to the tourism plan featuring in the approved CZMPs as per this Notification



The Draft also recommends certain conditions for such construction activities in both CRZ II and III areas. In CRZ III areas, the total covered area on all floors shall not exceed 33 per cent of the plot size i.e., the Floor Space Index shall not exceed 0.33 and the open area shall be suitably landscaped with appropriate vegetal cover; the overall height of construction up to the highest ridge of the roof, shall not exceed 9 metres and the construction shall not be more than two floors (ground floor plus one upper floor); Construction of beach resorts or hotels shall not be permitted in Ecologically sensitive areas (such as marine parks, mangroves, coral reefs, breeding and spawning grounds of fish, wildlife habitats and such other area as may be notified by the Central or State Government Union territories).

The current CRZ Rationalization governing the country’s coastline promulgated in 1991 had set a setback of 200 metres from the High Tide Line and 100 metres from edge of the river. As a result of the 200 metres setback, beach tourism had totally come to a halt in India, according to Tourism industry in the country. While competing beach destinations in the region enjoyed a very relaxed setback of 50 to 60 mtr from the HTL, Indian industry was not able to leverage the potential due to such harsh regulations.

 
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