Mumbai: Union Minister for Environment and Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said the new government believed in coexistence of environment and development, and not in "environment versus development".
Addressing a press conference here this evening, the Minister said the proposals for a coastal road and a bridge across Mithi river in the city will be taken up on a priority by his ministry.
Facility of online submission of applications for environmental clearances will be introduced to promote transparency and to expedite the process, he said.
The new I&B Minister said the issue of news on FM channels was close to his heart and it will be examined before the third phase of FM auction.
Speaking on cable TV digitisation, he said the government may relax the deadlines if necessary, and put a stress on indigenous manufacture of Set Top Boxes.
During his first visit here after taking charge as the minister, Javadekar met senior officials of All India Radio, Doordarshan, Press Information Bureau, Films Division, etc.