Minister of Environment Nilesh Cabral, on Thursday, said that the coastal zone management plans (CZMPs) of 1991 are not available with the state government for comparison with 2011 draft CZMPs.
Cabral, however, said that the sketches as available in the documents submitted by the state government to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) will be forwarded to the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) for comparison with CZMPs.
NGOs and Citizens of Coastal Communities have pointed out flaws in the draft CZMP, and have questioned the government over its failure to provide earlier CZMPs for comparison.
He said that the fish breeding areas and fishing zones have been demarcated under the guidance of officials of the fisheries department and representatives of fishermen’s societies.
He further said that the government has presented its case that there is no effect of tides beyond the sluice gate, based on a scientific study carried out by Simon D’Souza, a scientist from NIO.
“The stand of the government has not been accepted by the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) as the CRZ notification prescribed that High Tide Line is determined by salinity concentration of more than 5 PPT and hence we are approaching the central government in order to resolve the issue,” he said.
He further said that demarcation of the existing structures is not a requirement under the notification.
Countering the allegations made by the NGOs that
sea-level line, storm surges and global warming were not considered while
preparing the plan, the Environment Minister said, “The hazard mapping of the
land has been carried out and demarcated by NCSCM. However, MoEFCC by an
amendment to the CRZ notification 2011 had excluded the demarcation of hazard
line as a regulatory
Cabral informed that initially, the government had decided to give the work of preparation of CZMP to the NIO for demarcation of High Tide Line and Low Tide Line in December 2014, however, NIO did not commence the work.
The MoEF&CC then decided that NCSCM would demarcate the High Tide Line for the entire country including Goa, he added.