Centre Open To Reviewing Coastal Regulation Norms To Promote Tourism
The environment ministry is open to reviewing the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) guidelines, one of its top officials has said. Environment Ministry Additional Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta said the ministry was also considering allowing "sustainable" and "responsible" tourism activities in the natural heritage zones, many of which were in the coastal regions.
"The ministry is open to reviewing the CRZ guidelines. We are also considering (allowing) responsible and sustainable adventure and eco-tourism activities in the natural heritage zones of the country," a CII statement quoted him as saying.
Earlier this month, Tourism Secretary Rashmi Verma had said that the tourism ministry was working with the environment ministry to find ways to promote sustainable tourism, without losing the focus on conservation.
Satyajeet Rajan, director-general, Ministry of Tourism, on November 28 said that adventure tourism was a strong focus area of the ministry, while suggesting that various others ministries should come together to make it a success.
The environment ministry is in the process of revamping India's coastal regulation norms, a move that may lead to opportunities for the government to earn more revenues along the country's 7,500-km-long coastline.
With inputs from Housing News