The Expert Appraisal Committee for Projects related to Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has recommended CRZ clearance to the State’s first reverse osmosis-based seawater desalination plant proposed by Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd. (MRPL).

Headed by Deepak Arun Apte, the committee in its 207th meeting on January 25 said that the clearance was subject to MRPL ensuring temporary structures installed for laying pipelines for the 70 million litre per day (MLD)-capacity plant are removed within one month of completing the work.