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Panel calls for report on CRZ violations

By Our Staff Reporter

KOCHI, JAN. 11. The State committee of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) will conduct a macro study on the violation of CRZ notification in the State.

The committee will write to all district collectors and local panchayats in the State to prepare a status report on the violation of the notification in their respective areas. The decision was taken at a meeting of the committee today. The study will map the areas where there are violations and to the extent to which the norms have been violated.

`Ban constructions'

The committee, while initiating a discussion on the tsunami attack along the coastal belt of the State, decided to ask the district collectors not to permit any new constructions along the coastal belt. The CRZ notification should be implemented in letter and spirit and no relaxation should be allowed. A directive to this effect would be conveyed to the authorities concerned, the committee members said.

The CRZ violation mapping is not aimed at displacing the existing population from the coastal belt but to take stock of the situation. The committee is of the view that while implementing the CRZ notification, factors like means of livelihood of people should also be taken into account, said K.R.S. Krishnan, secretary of the committee. While implementing the notification, the committee would also create awareness among the masses that the observance of the notification would protect them against hazards of sea erosion, he said.

Even while suggesting the strict implementation of the notification, the committee members felt that an integrated coastal zone management programme should be implemented in the State with people's participation.

Projects cleared

The committee today cleared a series of projects that were submitted for obtaining the CRZ clearance, including the Vallarpadam container terminal, the Vizinjam port and the tourist corridor connecting Poonthura and Veli.

The other projects cleared by the committee included the construction of a sub-station for Coast Guard at Fort Kochi, fishing harbour at Thalassery and some private projects.

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