Cabinet decides to amend 2019 order; Human settlements to be excluded from buffer zone

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala cabinet has decided to exclude residential areas from the buffer zone surrounding protected forests. The government will amend the controversial order issued in 2019. The cabinet also asked the forest department to move the Supreme Court for taking further action in the row over buffer zone.

In 2019, the Kerala government issued an order directing to identify areas within the one-kilometre radius around protected forest ranges as buffer zone. The order stated that no relaxation will be given to residential areas.

Opposition and others pointed out this anomaly as the reason for the present issues including the Supreme Court order on Eco-Sensitive Zones. Residents in the forest range also expressed concern over the same. Following this, the cabinet decided to amend the order.

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