MUMBAI, Nov. 5 -- Panje and Karanje wetlands in Uran, Navi Mumbai are safeguarded as Coastal Regulation Zone I, the highest protection under the CRZ notification, the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) told the Bombay high court (HC) in an affidavit on November 1.

CRZ I constitutes areas that are ecologically sensitive such as mangroves, corals and coral reefs, mudflats, salt marshes, turtle nesting grounds, national parks, marine sanctuaries and reserved forests., and the CRZ 2011 norms don't permit any type of construction or tourism activities there. HT has a copy of the affidavit, which confirms that two holding ponds are classified as CRZ 1 and any activity at these sites will be under scrutiny by MCZMA.

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