Judgement of the National Green Tribunal regarding preparing a coastal zone management plan for areas coming under Mandrothuruthu Grama Panchayat, Kollam District, Kerala, 16/12/2015
Judgement of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Vysakh Vs State of Kerala dated 16/12/2015. The application is filed seeking a direction to the State of Kerala, Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority and National Centre for Earth Science Studies to prepare a new Coastal Zone Management Plan of Kerala in respect of the areas coming under the Mandrothuruthu Grama Panchayat including the land in Sy. No. 09 to 98 in Block No.29 of Adichanellore Village, Kollam Taluk categorizing the submerged lands as land and areas under CRZ-II and send the same to the Union of India for approval and direct Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority to cause necessary orders permitting reclamation of land submerged, comprised in Re-Survey Nos.485 and 491 in Block No.6 (Old Survey Nos.491/11, 491/2 and 482/7/2) of Manothututhu Village, Kollam Taluk, Kollam District.
It is noticed that in respect of the same subject matter, the 2nd Bench of South Zone, National Green Tribunal, Chennai had an occasion to consider and made the order of the Judgment in Application No.262 of 2014 dated 1st April, 2015. From the order, it could be seen that a direction is sought for in the application for preparation of new Coastal Zone Management Plan of Kerala in respect of the area in question regarding its view that in view of the categorical stand taken by the MoEF that the MoEF has not yet received the Coastal Zone Management Plan in respect of the land in question approved by the Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority and as soon as such draft notification is received, the MoEF will follow the procedures laid down under CRZ Notification which includes the conducting of Public Hearing prior to the issuance of final notification and that no further order was required in the application.