Once the notification is issued, the government will allow the home buyers outside the ESZ to get occupancy certificates of their flats.
The announcement by Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar came on a day the NGT directed the Ministry of Environment and Forests ( MoEF) to issue within three weeks the final notification on ESZ around the sanctuary.
The ESZ whose draft notification was done ( earlier) after due diligence has been found to be correct.
In addition, delineation drilling continues at the ESZ
and at the Grasberg Underground to define the extent of mineralization in these areas, also within FCX's Block A area consisting of 24,700 acres covered by the contract of work (COW) of FCX's subsidiary, PT Freeport Indonesia (PT-FI).
The independent members have asked Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharti for a " quick implementation" of the ESZ of the Bhagirathi Basin.
The independent members have told the government that the ESZ status of the Basin is in the interest of the state and that members of the political parties were inciting the locals.
The letter by the independent members to the Centre stated, " We are all very aware of the fact that ESZ notification does not intend to stop the development of the district.
In February last year, the ministry had asked the states to submit the proposals of their protected areas for final notification of the ESZs.
SOFTENING its stand on the declaration of the extent of eco- sensitive zones around national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and other protected areas, the Environment ministry has indicated its willingness to give a free hand to the states in deciding "development" in the ESZs.
After initially considering a proposal for a one- kilometre ESZ around Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Uttar Pradesh sent the proposal for a 100- metre limit to the environment ministry in December last year.
The ministry considers the ESZ of the sanctuary, notified by the state government in 1991, as extending to the last limits of the wetlands and marshy areas in the vicinity.
The environment ministry is also likely to turn down the state's latest proposal on limiting the ESZ of Okhla Bird Sanctuary along the Yamuna river to 100 metres.