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Kerala: Will request Centre to relax CRZ rules February 20,2020   |  Source: The Times of India

Industries minister E P Jayarajan told the assembly on Monday that the state government will approach the Centre seeking temporary relaxations in Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules — which might adversely affect the life of fishing community— till the state gets its coastal zone management plan (CZMP) approved by the Centre.

The minister also said that the government will not initiate any measures which will adversely affect people dwelling in the coastal belt, ‘especially at a time when the government is implementing the Life Mission project, under which houses are being constructed for homeless fishermen’. He was responding to a calling attention motion by MLA T J Vinod, who pointed out that the government had failed to meet the six-month deadline for getting the central government’s approval for the state’s new CZMP as per the CRZ notification 2019. Jayarajan said that the government had already entrusted the National Centre for Earth Science Studies to prepare the CZMP, taking into account of the special situation in the state.

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