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Kerala: Govt slammed over coastal management plan October 13,2021   |  Source: The Times of India

The opposition nailed the state government’s claims regarding the delay in preparing and finalizing the coastal management plan, and slammed the government for causing the delay, leading to thousands of families losing the benefits of the relaxations offered in the latest CRZ notification by the Centre, in the assembly on Tuesday. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the preparation of coastal management plan relating to the notification by the Centre in 2019 has been delayed because of Covid-19 pandemic as it involves extensive procedures, including conducting public hearings in each district which has a coastal area. He also blamed the previous UDF government for not doing anything regarding the previous notification in 2011. Opposition leader V D Satheesan said that the first notification regarding the coastal regulation management was issued by the Centre in 1991. The notification was revised in 2011, and there were several complaints from all the states, including from Kerala, even regarding the revised notification. It was on the basis of such complaints that the Shailesh Nayak committee visited the state in 2014. The Centre then issued revised notification in 2019 by incorporating several relaxations on the basis of the concerns raised by the states. The Centre,


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