Politics has killed environment science.
Ministry of Environment and Forest on Friday withdrew Coastal Zone Management (CZM), 2008 draft notification based on scientific research of three years and decided to continue with Coastal Regulation Zone of 1991, that has been amended several times to allow violation of environmental norms.
“There was lot of opposition from fishermen to CMZ 2008. We have decided to drop it. We will come with new version of coastal regulation this year which would regularize all fishermen living on coasts,” said Environment minister Jairam Ramesh.
The decision was taken after M S Swaminathan submitted a report asking the government to drop CMZ 2008, which he had drafted over a period of three years. “It was a scientific document but there was lot of opposition to it,” Swaminathan said.
In the report submitted the government, Swaminathan had asked the government not to allow destruction of mangroves, as they are difficult to be rejuvenated. “If you read between lines we have said now to proposed new airport at Navi Mumbai,” said Sunita Narian, a member of the committee.
Coastal environment experts are, however, skeptical on whether recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee can be implemented or not.