Buffer Zone: Ker Govt decides to conduct field survey, to release document submitted before SC

By R Sreejith/Mathrubhumi News

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Thiruvananthapuram: A high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here on Tuesday has decided to conduct a field survey of areas affected by the identification of buffer zones. The meeting was held to discuss the issue of determining the extent of the eco-sensitive zones (ESZs) or buffer zones around protected forests and wildlife sanctuaries in accordance with the order of the Supreme Court.

The government is mulling the field survey to resolve the concerns of the public amid mounting protests over satellite survey report.

During the meeting, the authority also decided to publicise the document submitted before the Supreme Court.

In order to discuss the matter in detail, the CM has summoned a joint meeting of the forest, revenue and local self-government departments on Wednesday.

The government submitted a document before the Supreme Court revealing its stance on buffer zones in the state. In order to resolve the concerns of the public, the government will release this document. It is learnt that the government’s document clearly mentioned its decision to exclude residential areas from buffer zones.

The map based on the satellite survey report published on the official website is not an official document. But this report has triggered a controversy in the state. Hence, the government decided to publicise the original documents submitted before the apex court.

“ Data collected during the satellite survey featured in the map,” revealed the government.

A field survey will be conducted under forest, revenue and local self-government departments.

The CM will call a press conference on Wednesday to explain the actions taken to resolve the concerns of the public.

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