Govt submitted proposals to Centre on relaxing CRZ: CM

Source: DHNS | Published on 14th October 2021, 10:50 AM | Coastal News |

Mangaluru: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said he will convene Maritime board meeting next week to finalise detailed project reports (DPRs) giving a thrust to fishing and commercial cargo.

He was speaking to media persons after participating in Dasara celebrations at Sri Gokarnanatheshwara temple in Kudroli on Wednesday. Bommai said that the DPRs on fishing jetty and commercial cargo from New Mangalore Port will be finalised and submitted to Centre.

The chief minister said government had submitted proposals to the Centre on relaxing coastal regulation zone (CRZ) guidelines as similar to CRZ guidelines implemented in neighbouring Kerala and Goa. “If the proposals are approved by centre, state’s coastal tourism will get a big boost,” he said.

Bommai also shared his happiness on meeting veteran congress leader B Janardhana Poojary. “He praised me for my works and blessed me in front of the goddesses. Poojary is a senior politician known for his commitment and concern for the poor. He was also close to my father,” he recollected.

The chief minister said he had prayed for the prosperity of state. He was happy to participate in Mangaluru Dasara. He promised to have a meeting with officials in Bengaluru on releasing funds for Mangaluru Dasara.

Minister for Social Welfare Kota Srinivas Poojary, Energy Minister V Sunil Kumar, MLAs D Vedavyas Kamath, Dr Y Bharat Shetty, MCC Mayor Premananda Shetty, DK Deputy Commissioner Dr K V Rajendra, Mangaluru Commissioner N Shashikumar, KEONICS Chairman Harikrishna Bantwal among others were present.

Efforts on to relax CRZ guidelines’

Udupi: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said efforts are on to relax Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) guidelines.

CM told entrepreneurs during ‘Chai Pe Charcha’ programme in Udupi that restrictions imposed under the CRZ were to protect the fragile ecology. But realtors, tourism operators and entrepreneurs involved in development projects have opposed the CRZ guidelines.

Bommai said neighboring states like Goa and Kerala had utilised the tourism potential of their beaches and increased revenue from the sector. But the coastal region in state was under a blanket ban preventing development projects, he added.

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