By The Financial Express

The Centre’s green panel has given the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance to Reliance Jio Infocom to build the Indian part of the Asia-Africa- Europe One (AAE-1) submarine cable system at Mumbai.

AAE-1, the largest next generation subsea cable system spanning around 25,000 km and linking South Asia to Africa and Europe via the Middle East, is being constructed by a consortium of 17 global service providers. The Indian part of the project will be implemented by Reliance Jio.

“The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) under the ministry has granted the CRZ approval to the Reliance Jio Infocom’s project that envisages landing of the AAE-I submarine cable system at Versova beach in Mumbai,” a senior Environment Ministry official said.

The cable will terminate in Mumbai at a Beach Man Hole (BMH) proposed to be located at a beach road connecting JP road to Versova Beach, in front of Harshvardhan Society, the official said.

“The EAC, after deliberation, recommended granting approval to the project under the CRZ Notification, 2011 subject to following conditions,” as per the minutes of the EAC meeting held recently.

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