Draft coastal management notification faces protests
Fisherfolks across India's 7,500 km long coastline are up in arms against the draft Coastal Zone Management Notification. The coastal communities say the notification does not acknowledge their traditional rights and can damage the coasts and the people. The draft, prepared by the Union ministry of environment and forests (moef), will soon be forwarded to the prime minister for his approval.
Problem daft The 2007 draft will replace the Coastal Regulation Zone (crz) Notification, 1991. On July 19, 2004, moef had constituted a 13-member panel under agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan to review the 1991 notification. The committee submitted its report in February 2005, paving the way for the new draft.
The draft categorises coastal areas into four management zones