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Prakash Javadekar, minister of environment, forests and climate change. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Prakash Javadekar, minister of environment, forests and climate change. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Environment ministry lifts project moratorium from a few more villages in Maharashtra

25 villages in three taluks to remain under moratorium as the Bombay HC is hearing a public interest litigation related to them

New Delhi: The environment, forests and climate change ministry has lifted the moratorium on considering projects from a few more villages in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.

On 17 October, the moratorium was lifted from the non-Western Ghats taluks in these two districts, except three taluks. The ministry has now decided to lift the moratorium with immediate effect from the villages falling in non-ecologically sensitive area (ESA) of the taluks.

An office memorandum of the ministry dated 25 July said 25 villages in three taluks will remain under moratorium as the Bombay high court is hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) related to them. It said the Maharashtra government had argued that the moratorium should be restricted only to the villages falling under ESA and the ministry had allowed this after examining the proposal.

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