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Proposed ‘green space’ in Thiruvananthapuram falls in no development zone

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Proposed 'green space' in Thiruvananthapuram falls in no development zoneTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM

: The proposed site for the city corporation’s prestigious green space project, being planned as part of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (

AMRUT

) at Poundukadavu, falls under no development zone (

NDZ

) of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ).

Kerala coastal zone management authority (KCZMA), while considering an application filed by city corporation seeking clearance for the project, has confirmed this. The authority, which perused the application in its 98th meeting, has referred it to next meeting for a final decision.

The city corporation has done a detailed presentation on the green space project. The civic body, which has been demanding reduction of NDZ and exclusion of canals from CRZ, is now grappling with an issue that could also affect dwellings near canals.

The project worth Rs 5.5 crore proposes a park with eco-friendly amenities on Poundukadavu-Stationkadavu road in Poundukadavu ward.

It comprises an agro bazaar and entry pavilion with a plinth area of 1720 sqm, spread over a plot area of 6.95 acres and floor area ratio of 0.06. KCZMA found out that the proposed construction is at a distance of 8.8 m(bazaar) and 11m pavillion) from the high tide line of Parvathy Puthanar.

As per CRZ notification 2011 (clause 8 III A), no construction shall be permitted within NDZ. It exempts repair works or reconstruction of existing authorized structure not exceeding existing floor space index, existing plinth area and existing density and for permissible activities under the notification, including facilities essential for activities. KCZMA is yet to take a decision on granting exemption for housing schemes. KCZMA has noted that the proposed low line park lies in CRZ-3 category as per coastal zone management plan 1996.

CRZ clearance was demanded for the project after the corporation approached department of inland navigation for its clearance.

The corporation, which has obtained clearances from works department, state electricity board and Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre for the project, was asked by department of inland navigation to get mandatory CRZ clearance or else it could not show green flag for the project.

Corporation officials had earlier raised objection to the demand for CRZ clearance.

The civic body had also demanded that the mandatory distance to be kept for houses from water bodies shall be based on town planning schemes, a recommendation which was rejected by KCZMA while finalising suggestions for draft coastal zone management plan.


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