Panaji: National Green Tribunal (NGT) Principal bench has granted further time till January 31, 2020 to submit the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) to National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM).
The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), has been directed to issue final notification on the plan by April 30, next year. MCSCM has to submit the final plan with public hearing to Ministry by March 31.
In September, NGT had granted time till November 15 to the State government to submit CZMP to MoEF&CC for finalization.
On Wednesday, when the matter came up for hearing before Tribunal, Adv Nalin Kohil and Adv Harsh Peechara, representing State environment department, sought further time till January 15, 2020 to submit the draft CZMP to NCSCM.
The NGT granted time till January 31, 2020 with a rider that failure to submit the plan will result into deduction of salaries of the concerned officers.