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Kerala: Expedite probe into cage fishing project: GCDA August 04,2020   |  Source: The Hindu

The Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) is planning to approach the State government for expediting the vigilance probe into the controversial cage fishing project at Mundamveli in West Kochi that caused huge revenue loss. A recent meeting of the Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority (KCZMA) had decided to issue a stop-memo for the project, which was illegally set up in the Coastal Regulation Zone area of West Kochi.

The GCDA had approached the KCZMA last year seeking regularisation of the project, which was launched with much fanfare during the term of the previous regime led by Congress leader N. Venugopal as its chairman. However, the Authority had declined CRZ clearance for the project that was set up over an area of 4.5 acres. The KCZMA noted that a concreted shed for setting up motor was constructed at the site and machineries for running the fish farm installed.

According to an internal document of the KCZMA, the cage fishing project was launched without obtaining CRZ clearance from the authority. The area where the farm was set up was in the CRZ I A category. Mangroves, marshy land and waterlogged areas of Vembanad, which is a Critically Vulnerable Coastal Area, formed the project site. No new constructions could be permitted in the area as specified in



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