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No new projects near coastline till October

india Updated: Aug 30, 2009 02:43 IST
Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan
Hindustan Times
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The Environment and Forest Ministry has suspended future developmental projects along the country’s 5,700-km-long coastline till October.

An expert committee, assigned by the ministry to assess the damages in the coastal area, is expected to file its report by then.

The committee, headed by agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan, suggested to the government in July that no new project be allowed to come up in the area.

“Except Goa, where the state government has used satellite images to stop construction activities near the coasts, no other state has effectively prevented coastal pollution,” Swaminathan said.

Besides, a recent ministry report on coastal management pointed out that a large number of mangroves — the trees and shrubs that grow in saline coastal areas — were lost due to the haphazard development projects.

Responding to the concerns raised in the report on August 21, the ministry put a moratorium on the expansion of the existing ports and construction of new ones.