Local bodies in Kerala to ready Buffer zone mapping

By TG Babykuty

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has decided to rope in local bodies to settle the confusions over the buffer zone mapping in the state. The move comes as the map prepared by the forest department lacked clarity on many parameters. In some regions, locals marked their protests in public forums over the ambiguities. Forest and local-self department had a meeting in the wake of such issues and took the following decisions:

  • Each local body will ready buffer zone related map based on the directions given by the forest department
  • Field visits will be conducted for mapping
  • Local bodies will operate help desks, where concerns of the public regarding mapping can be addressed and resolved
The objective is to ascertain whether there are houses or buildings in the buffer zone designated by the forest department.

One of the major issues with the map readied by Kerala State Remote Sensing and Environment Centre (KSREC) for the forest department is that it has put out satellite image. Locals are concerned as they cannot identify their property based on the survey number from the image. Some also alleged that properties lying in nearby plots had the same survey number.

Meanwhile, even KSREC had affirmed that regions under shade or thickly populated with trees will not be clear in the satellite image. Hence the government decided to have field visit.

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