Photo: Ratheesh PP | Mathrubhumi
Thiruvanathapuram: The state government will submit the recommendation for amending the rules for ecologically sensitive zones around forests and wildlife conservation centres, to the Ministry of Forests by Thursday.
Though upto 1 kilometre from the forest border will be considered as eco-sensitive zone, the human inhabited area will be removed from this. For this purpose, minister for forests K Raju directed the higher officials to submit a report after reviewing the map of wildlife sanctuaries and other key areas.
The minister added that the state has decided to determine the eco-sensitive zone as 0-1 kilometre from the forest border. The places with thick vegetation close to the forest, plantations of forest department and plantations of plantation corporation can be determined as eco-sensitive zones within this 1 kilometre limit.
If there are townships, more than a certain number of houses in one hectare or public establishments, these places will be excluded from the category. The officials are directed to submit the recommendation if at least 500 metres can be separated in these areas.
The proposal prepared by the forest department along with permission from the chief minister will be submitted to the Centre as an amendment to the previous proposal. The Centre has directed to submit the recommendation in Malabar region within October 5.