Kerala govt’s third map on buffer zone evokes another set of concerns

The map published in the government's official website | Photo: Screengrab from

Thiruvananthapuram: The state government’s apparent move to address public concerns over the buffer zone by publishing a third map with survey numbers has triggered another set of concerns.

The issue with the new map of the Eco Sensitive Zone (ESZ) is that it only contains survey numbers and buildings in revenue land. The regions and buildings in neither forest land nor locations where the survey is not completed are included in the map.

The new map was supposed to aid the individuals to identify whether their property falls under ESZ. However, the map will not serve its purpose as it didn't mark regions and buildings in the forest land and locations where the survey is not completed.

The first map of 22 wildlife sanctuaries had enlisted details on 49,374 buildings. In the wake of the contentions of the public against the map, the state government reportedly expected the number of buildings to hit the 1 lakh mark. However, if the new map is considered, then the number of buildings identified in ESZ may probably reduce.

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