Mumbai: Land proposed to be reclaimed from the Arabian Sea to build parts of a coastal road in Mumbai will not be allowed to be used for commercial activity.

Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms do not allow any construction within 500m of the sea shore.

Union minister of state for environment and forests Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said the CRZ line will not change even after reclamation and “restriction on construction of any building from 500m of seashore will continue, as per the old alignment of the CRZ."

The 34-km coastal road that will link Mumbai’s Nariman Point in south to Kandivali in the north is expected to cost 9,000 crore.

Separately, Javadekar said “the contribution of ragpickers in keeping our cities clean is an important one and to recognize this contribution, our government will come out with a welfare policy for the ragpickers."

He said his ministry has also started implementing the policy of giving clearances to new distilleries and sugar factories, only if they implement zero discharge technologies. The existing sugar factories and distilleries must also adopt these technologies within one year “or we will liquidate their bank guarantees and impose other penalties, too".

The slurry and spent wash discharged from sugar factories and distilleries are considered to be major contributors to pollution of water bodies.

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