Kerala coastal zone authority sends draft to local bodies for discussion – ET RealEstate

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KOCHI: The Kerala coastal zone management authority (KCZMA) has sent the draft Coastal Zone Management Plans (CZMP) to local bodies for discussion.

CZMP 2019 have been prepared by the national centre for earth science studies (NCESS) for seven districts Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Alappuzha and Kottayam.

The draft was prepared using the 1:25,000 scale map by identifying and classifying the coastal zone regulation (CRZ) areas within the respective territories in accordance with the CRZ notification 2019.

The report says that the CZMP database, scrutinized by the technical scrutiny committee and finalized by the national centre for sustainable coastal management (NCSCM), shall be used as the base for revision or updation of the existing CZMP.

The reports were presented before KCZMA last month.

According to KCZMA minutes, a detailed discussion on demarcation of islands and status of mangroves was also held.

Members opined that the absence of an integrated island management plan (IIMP) in the CZMP should be clarified with the environment ministry through the NCESS before initiation of public consultation process.

The criteria required for preparation of IIMP for smaller islands will also be included in the clarification, according to KCZMA minutes.

The draft plans are being prepared for nine coastal districts and some parts of Kottayam.

In the letter dated April 22, the local governments have been asked to discuss with the public and other stakeholders and reply within two weeks.

However, there is concern that the report could get published without proper discussions, especially in Ernakulam, which had seen pulling down of four residential apartment buildings in Maradu and a restaurant in Aluva following the Supreme Court orders.

โ€œWith such Covid conditions, how can this report be discussed in two weeks. The deadline is already over. We hope that the final report will be published considering the responses, comments and suggestions given by the stakeholders in the respective areas,โ€ said advocate Sherry Thomas, secretary, Kerala Latin catholic association (KLCA).

KLCA has written to the chief minister seeking extension of the time given by KCZMA to the local bodies.

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Drone survey in Thiruvananthapuram soon – ET RealEstate

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The town planning department will conduct an aerial survey using UAVs/drones as part of implementing the local area plan (LAP) and town planning scheme (TPS) in the city.

The chief town planner (CTP) has reported that the scheme areas have to be surveyed by UAVs/drones for preparing land-use maps and permission for conducting the aerial survey has been sought.

The state government has constituted a committee comprising four members to monitor and supervise the survey as it will require the movement of a drone in restricted areas and taking of photographs and videos of special security zones in the city.

The committee includes CTP (planning) as the chairman, AMRUT mission director, city police commissioner and ADGP (Intelligence, state special branch). As per a government order issued in this regard, the committee will entrust an agency for the drone survey and they should ensure the security of the installations and confidentiality of the content obtained through the survey. The committee should also direct the agency to give special care when surveying the areas where central government institutions are located.

Thiruvananthapuram is one among the 25 cities in India which have been chosen for the implementation of LAP and TPS, as part of AMRUT project, on a pilot basis. The state high-powered steering committee (SHPSC) meeting had approved the proposal of chief town planner (planning) to make necessary amendments in the Kerala Town and Country Planning Act, 2016 for the formulation and implementation of LAP and TPS in the city. The CTP will submit proposal for making these amendments.

The CTP had informed that the Act of 2016 has provisions for land pooling. But it requires certain amendments for preparation and implementation of TPS like inclusion of provision to prepare land pooling schemes for projects which are not included in master plans or DTP schemes and provision for developer entities to prepare land pooling schemes.

LAP envisages redeveloping city areas which have got congested over time due to unscientific land use without adequate infrastructure or public facilities. Congested inner city areas, non-availability of road space and public spaces will be addressed with the implementation of LAP.

TPS is meant to be implemented in areas identified for planned urbanization in the future. The planning process consists of merging and redistribution of land parcels in the urban expansion zone. The area of the TPS can range from 50 to 500 hectares or more.

Palayam, Thycaud, Vazhuthacaud and Thampanoor have been chosen for LAP and Mulloor, Venganoor, Kottapuram and Vizhinjam have been chosen for TPS.

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Kerala: Life Mission houses to get insurance cover of Rs 4 lakh each – ET RealEstate

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state cabinet has decided to introduce an insurance scheme for the houses constructed under the Life Mission project. Each house will have an insurance cover of Rs 4 lakh for a period of three years.

The government will pay the premium for the first three years and subsequently the beneficiaries will have to bear the expenses for the premium. The government has decided to provide the insurance cover for 2,50,547 houses for which Rs 8.74 crore will be paid as the premium for the three years.

The government has also decided to take a loan of Rs1,500 crore from HUDCO for the construction houses in the third phase of the Life Mission.

KSRTC-Swift: The cabinet also gave its nod for forming KSRTC-Swift, a new and independent company. Initially, the new company will be using the facilities of the KSRTC. The company will be responsible for operating the new buses to be procured using KIIFB funds. It will also operate the buses running on long distance routes.

The company will also provide rehabilitation for the empanelled employees who were dismissed from service following a high court directive. The chairman and managing director of KSRTC will be the managing director of the new company.

The cabinet also decided to allow motor vehicle owners to pay motor vehicle tax in instalments. The decision is expected to help those who are saddled with mounting arrears and are unable to make the payments due to the pandemic situation.

The government has appointed former high court judge P S Gopinathan as the new ombudsman for local selfgovernments.

Pay revision: The cabinet has approved the pay revision of employees at Traco Cable Company, Kerala State Handicapped Persons Welfare Corporation Limited and Kerala State Financial Enterprises. The revised salaries will be paid with retrospective effect from August 2017 for KSFE employees.

New ordinances: The cabinet has also decided to request the governor to promulgate two ordinances: The Kerala Public Health Act and Kerala Medical Practitioners Act.

For enacting the Kerala Public Health Act, it has been decided to integrate Madras Public Health Act of 1939 and Travancore Cochin Public Health Act of 1955. Similarly, for the Kerala Medical Practitioners Act, Travancore Cochin Medical Practitioners Act of 1953 and Madras Medical Registration Act of 1914 will be integrated.

Another ordinance to amend Kerala Universities Act was also approved by the cabinet.

Relief for IT companies: The government has decided to provide more reliefs for the IT companies in the wake of the pandemic situation. Companies with 25,000sq feet office space will not have to pay rent for up to10,000sq feet for three months from April in 2020.

The cabinet has also decided to set up a tribal taluk in Palakkad, with its headquarters in Attappadi.

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Kerala government announces completion of 2.5 lakh new houses for needy – ET RealEstate

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Left government in Kerala on Thursday announced the completion of 2.5 lakh new houses under the “LIFE Mission” programme, its flagship housing project that envisages total housing for all homeless in the southern state.

“LIFE Mission” (Livelihood, Inclusion, Financial Empowerment) envisages not just giving a roof for those who do not have houses, but also a complete rehabilitation package for the homeless and landless in the state.

Declaring the completion of 2,50,547 houses across the state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said it was a matter of pride for his government and their objective was to provide a home for all deserved people.

The government has also plans to construct additional 1.5 lakh new houses this year itself and the state is confidently marching towards the goal of zero homeless Kerala, he said in a Facebook post.

“Owning a home by his or her own is a dream of any human being. One of the most significant goals of this government was to stand with people to make this dream a reality,” he said.

Terming LIFE Mission as an “unparalleled housing development project,” the CM said it was an example of the government’s vision of how development should be done.

The government was paying great attention to the third phase of the ambitious initiative, he said adding that land has been identified for the construction of 85 complexes at this time.

Of this, the construction of five building complexes would be completed within two months, Vijayan said.

Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister visited the new house of Prabha, a homemaker residing at Vattiyoorkkavu here and attended the house-warming function of the building, constructed and handed over under the LIFE Mission programme.

He also shared the pictures of the house-warming ceremony in his official Facebook page.

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