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Kerala: Stop harassing coastal people: Sabha January 06,2020   |  Source: The Hindu

‘Officials of local bodies forcing people to give written declarations’. The Dheevara Sabha has urged the State government to stop harassing people living in coastal areas in the name of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) violations.

In a press statement issued here on Friday, Dheevara Sabha general secretary V. Dinakaran alleged that officials with local self government institutions had been visiting houses and forcing the people to give “written declarations”. “The government should not consider fishermen families who have been living in coastal areas for so long and encroachers in the same way,” Mr. Dinakaran, former MLA, said.

CRZ violation

He said that as per a list prepared, 50,000 houses along the coastline would have to be demolished in the State for violating Coastal Regulatory Zone norms. “The government should submit the list to the Supreme Court after omitting the houses of coastal people. It should not initiate steps that will lead to the eviction of people from coastal areas. If needed, the government should enact a law to protect the interest of fishermen and people living in coastal areas,” he added. The Dheevara Sabha also warned of protests if the government continue to target the coastal people in the State.

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