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Kerala: Rampant reclamation of wetlands, mangroves by Greeshma Gopal Giri April 04,2016   |  Source: The Times of India

As election fever grips Ernakulam and officials busy with pre-poll works, the rampant reclamation of water bodies, paddy fields, wetlands and destruction of mangroves are going unnoticed. Environmentalists and Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority (KCZMA) raised concern over the disappearance of mangroves and vanishing marshy lands. "Many instances of reclamation of paddy fields and wetlands came to our attention after poll date was announced. There are also violations of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms. Most activities are carried out with political support. Moreover, the lobbies behind it are aware that officials won't bother now," said Sridhar Radhakrishnan, programme director of NGO Thanal. He said the government's order regularizing reclamation and conversion of paddy fields taken before 2008 has given a boost to illegal paddy land reclamation. "It is learnt that in Ernakulam alone 27,000 to 30,000 applications have been submitted before the district collector. A majority of these have been filed to regularise land reclaimed after 2008. Election has become a perfect cover to carry out these actions," he said.

Activists said there were reports of wetland reclamation from Vallarpadam and mangroves being destroyed in areas around Mundamveli. Similar activities were


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