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Maharashtra to seek relaxation in CRZ rules

The state government will seek relaxation in CRZ rules to promote tourism

MUMBAI: The state government will seek relaxation in CRZ rules to promote tourism, said the chief minister while replying to a discussion on the Konkan region.

As part of its efforts towards ease of doing business, he said, the government will list norms for tourism. Also, the Directorate for Tourism will be the nodal agency for granting permissions for tourism-related projects.

The government, he said, has already transferred money to the Sindhdurga collector to acquire 350 acres for the Sea World project. The land size has been reduced from the earlier 1,390 acres. The acquisition will be completed within a year, he said.

The widening of the Mumbai-Goa highway is already underway and 64 kms of the 84 kms will be widened by December 31. “The widening of the remaining 20 kms is delayed as it passes through the Karnala bird sanctuary. Now that the Centre has granted permission, tenders will be invited soon,” he said.

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