Will get CRZ card approval within 2 months, says Anand Singh – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

MANGALURU: Tourism, Ecology and Environment Minister Anand Singh said he would do his utmost to get approval for the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) map, prepared in accordance with the guidelines of the 2019 notification, within two months.

Speaking to reporters after holding his department’s review meeting with elected officials and officials, the minister said tourism in the state’s coastal districts had failed to grow, despite huge potential and attributed the same to the CRZ guidelines. However, he said that would change when the relaxations made in the 2019 CRZ notification come into effect.

The map prepared according to the guidelines of the 2019 notification will be submitted to the National Center for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM), Chennai for approval shortly. Once approved, it will be sent to the central government for final clearance, he said.

Singh said he would get it approved within two months, taking it as a challenge. “The approval of the map will ensure the development of ecotourism in the coastal districts, which in turn will generate employment. Beaches can be developed to attract more tourists. A meeting of investors to develop tourism in coastal districts will also be scheduled, he added.

Indicating that Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is also interested in developing tourism in the coastal districts, Singh said that efforts will be made to extend the stay of tourists in the region and develop tourism on Goa lines. Singh said they would ask the Center to move the nodal agency that approves CRZ plans from NCSCM-Chennai to NITK in Mangaluru.

MPs D Vedavyas Kamath, Y Bharat Shetty, Jungle Lodges and Resorts Limited MD Manojkumar and DCF Dinesh Kumar were present.

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