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Kerala: HC pulls up govt for coastal zone management plan delay June 06,2019   |  Source: The Times of India

The high court has criticized the state government for the delay in finalizing the coastal zone management plan (CZMP) as per the latest coastal regulation zone (CRZ) notification by Union government, resulting in developed areas being classified as CRZ-III where all forms of construction is prohibited. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice A K Jayasankaran Nambiar criticized the delay in finalizing CZMP after considering a petition filed by Kaloor Joseph.

Petitioner’s counsel P B Sahasranaman had argued that developed areas are to be classified as CRZ-II as per 2011 notification but the CZMP prepared by the state government and Kerala Costal Zone Management Authority (KCZMA) has failed to take into consideration the development that occurred between 1996, when the first CRZ notification was issued, and 2017.

The Union government had issued two CRZ notifications in 2018 for introducing and fixing a hazardous line, in addition to high tide line and low tide line. Through the latest notifications, the Union government had also relaxed the distance rule in backwater islands from 50 to 20 metres, which was beneficial to the state, the counsel submitted.

Stating that the court is taking serious note of the submission, the division bench said,

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