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Gujarat: Refer to new data for Coastal Regulation Zone maps: Gujarat activist August 10,2018   |  Source: DNA India

While attending an environmental public hearing with affected villagers, in Dholera on deciding on the mapping for Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification, state activists have said that Gujarat's mapping is based on old data and is severely flawed. The mapping is done to decide which region falls under what category as per the notification. The category under which an area falls decides what sort of economic activities will be allowed there.

Rohit Prajapati of Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti said that during the hearing, it was brought to the officials' notice that they were trying to get the mapping done on the basis of 2011 data. "The problem with deciding on the basis of old data is that a lot of changes happen on the ground and this will not be reflected. We have sought that the maps be made on the basis of 2018 data," said Prajapati.

Giving an example of why old data will not work he said that Mandvipura village is one such village that has been gobbled up by the sea. "Now if the map was to be made on the basis of old data, it will reflect villages that no more exists," said Prajapati. He said the confusion was created because the coastal zone management plan (CZMP) was to be completed by 2013. "It was only after the NGT intervened that the authorities began the

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