UPSC Current Affairs – 08-02-2019

Panel defers resort project at Andaman’s

It doesn’t account for the biodiversity of the islands ‘coast’

An expert committee of the Union Environment Ministry has “deferred” clearance to a ₹100 crore proposal by the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Integrated Development Corporation Limited (ANIIDCL) to develop an island resort, as well as put up “premium tents” and “tree houses”, on the grounds that it doesn’t account for the biodiversity of the islands’ coast.

The ANIIDCL presented plans for the development of a premium Island Resort at Lalaji Bay, Long Island, A&N islands to an expert committee of the Environment Ministry tasked with evaluating infrastructure proposals along India’s coasts.

The committee observed that as the area where the premium resort is proposed seems to be in an ecologically very fragile and biodiversity rich, a sub-committee shall undertake a site visit to assess the likely impact of tourism activities on the Eco-system the proposal in its present form is premature for its consideration for appraisal and therefore deferred.” The committee also expressed “concern” over the management of solid waste collection, treatment and disposal

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