Union Environment Ministry has notified about constituting a Karnataka Coastal Zone Management Authority (KCZMS). Notification was issued under Environment Protection Act, 1986.

Authority

  • The KCZMS is a 15-member body which will be constituted to protect & improve the quality of coastal environment.
  • Its primary work is to prevent, abate and control environmental pollution in Coastal Regulation Zone of Karnataka.
  • It is headed by Additional Chief Secretary, State Department of Forest, Ecology and Environment, Bengaluru.
  • Term of office of present members is for 3-years.

Functions

  • Authority will examine the application received for approval of project proposal, if it is in accordance with approved Coastal Zone Management Plan.
  • It will also regulate all developmental activities in Coastal Regulation Zone  areas as specified in the 2011 notification.
  • It is responsible for enforcing and monitoring provisions of notification.
  • Authority will examine the proposals received from Karnataka government for changes or modifications in classification of Coastal Regulation Zone  areas.
  • It will inquire into cases of alleged violation of provisions of Act or rules and review cases involving violations or contraventions of provisions of the act or rules.
  • Authority will inquire or review cases of violations or contraventions of notification suo moto.
  • Authority has been authorised to file complaints under Section 19 of Act.

Karnataka Coastal Zone Management Authority