Buffer zone: Kerala Assembly passes unanimous resolution to exlude populated areas from ESZ

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Legislative Assembly on Thursday passed a unanimous resolution requesting the union government to take necessary actions, including making a fresh law if required, to overcome the Supreme Court verdict on establishing eco-sensitive zones around protected forests.

The SC verdict of June 3 will affect the "common interest of the people and affect their lives." The union government's notification on February 02, 2011 cannot be implemented in the state due to the peculiar situation of Kerala. The state has a population density above 900 people per sq km. The forest cover is above 30 per cent of the state and 40 per cent is covered by the Western Ghats. Besides, several water bodies and paddy fields also are the specialities of Kerala, the resolution states.

Due to this situation, it is impossible for the state to rehabilitate the people affected by the implementation of the buffer zone, the state has been saying.

The resolution requests the union government to issue the final notification on eco-sensitive zones by avoiding the populated areas, public institutions, and farm lands around the forests in Kerala.

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