The map published in the government's official website | Photo: Screengrab from https://kerala.gov.in/
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Government released the new map containing the survey numbers of the human habitation, buildings and properties identified within the eco-sensitive zones (ESZ) proposed in the one-kilometre radius around the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in the state.
On Wednesday, the government released the map, earlier submitted by the forest department to the centre. Survey number of properties and constructions located within one-kilometre radius around the protected forests and national parks were shown on the map.
Earlier, the map released by the state Remote Sensing and Environment Centre evoked much criticism due to the inclusion of survey numbers.
Meanwhile, the farmers' organizations pointed out that survey numbers in the new map can be examined only with the help of those with technical knowledge. At the same time, some have pointed out that some survey numbers are repeating both inside and outside the ESZ while a few are not clear.
Further, it was pointed out that authorities had submitted the map of Thattekad Bird Sanctuary instead of Palakkad Silent Valley National Park.
File complaint by Jan 7
Meanwhile, the deadline for people to submit complaints and details of any settlement, structures or farms on the reserve map is January 7. People can furnish the details to their respective local bodies or the expert committee appointed by the government.
The complaints should be sent to the following address: Joint Secretary, Forest and Wildlife Department, 5th Floor, Secretariat Annex Building, Thiruvananthapuram-695001 or to an email: email@example.com.