Web Portal to Help Get Coastal Clearances in India
An environment minister in India, Anil Madhav Dave, launched today a web portal for obtaining Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearances. The minister termed the launch of the portal as a good example of ‘Ease of Doing Business’.
The Portal is a web-based system for obtaining clearances required from the ministry under the CRZ by the project proponents who will be able to track the status of their proposals.
It is based on web architecture, similar to the existing systems in place for according environmental and forest clearances.
The portal enables submission of applications for CRZ clearance in a single-window interface and facilitates quick flow of information related to CRZ clearances. It allocates a unique identity for each proposal for all future references.
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The objectives of the web portal include – enhancing efficiency, transparency and accountability in the process of CRZ clearances.
It is also expected to enhance responsiveness through workflows and availability of real-time information on the status of CRZ clearance proposals.
There are other initiatives underway, like the notification of High Tide Line / Low Tide Line (HTL/LTL), ecologically sensitive areas falling under CRZ-1, hazard line etc. All these steps are aimed at minimising discretions and enhancing accountability at all levels.
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