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KOCHI: The Kerala coastal zone management authority (KCZMA) has sent the draft Coastal Zone Management Plans (CZMP) to local bodies for discussion.

CZMP 2019 have been prepared by the national centre for earth science studies (NCESS) for seven districts Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Alappuzha and Kottayam.

The draft was prepared using the 1:25,000 scale map by identifying and classifying the coastal zone regulation (CRZ) areas within the respective territories in accordance with the CRZ notification 2019.

The report says that the CZMP database, scrutinized by the technical scrutiny committee and finalized by the national centre for sustainable coastal management (NCSCM), shall be used as the base for revision or updation of the existing CZMP.

The reports were presented before KCZMA last month.

According to KCZMA minutes, a detailed discussion on demarcation of islands and status of mangroves was also held.

Members opined that the absence of an integrated island management plan (IIMP) in the CZMP should be clarified with the environment ministry through the NCESS before initiation of public consultation process.

The criteria required for preparation of IIMP for smaller islands will also be included in the clarification, according to KCZMA minutes.

The draft plans are being prepared for nine coastal districts and some parts of Kottayam.

In the letter dated April 22, the local governments have been asked to discuss with the public and other stakeholders and reply within two weeks.

However, there is concern that the report could get published without proper discussions, especially in Ernakulam, which had seen pulling down of four residential apartment buildings in Maradu and a restaurant in Aluva following the Supreme Court orders.

“With such Covid conditions, how can this report be discussed in two weeks. The deadline is already over. We hope that the final report will be published considering the responses, comments and suggestions given by the stakeholders in the respective areas,” said advocate Sherry Thomas, secretary, Kerala Latin catholic association (KLCA).

KLCA has written to the chief minister seeking extension of the time given by KCZMA to the local bodies.

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