Kerala forest dept to take census of buildings surrounding wildlife sanctuaries 

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Thiruvananthapuram: The forest department of Kerala initiated procedures to take census of buildings within the one kilometre buffer zone surrounding the wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala. The report will be submitted to the Supreme Court after collecting data with the help of satellite images and visits of officials to residential areas. The Court had directed to file the report within three months.

The department will issue guidelines for census to the officials upto the range officers. The state government had already requested to avoid human inhabited regions located within one kilometre buffer zone from declaring as Eco Sensitive Zone.

Minister of Forest AK Saseendran will visit Union minister Bhupender Yadav next week to raise the demand for excluding the residential regions from Eco Sensitive Zone. The state will also seek permission from the Centre to grant title deeds for 6362 persons who occupied forest regions in Pathanamthitta before January 1971.

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