Realtors Sabotage CRZ Laws via Unholy Links
Feb 08, 2014
Source : The Times of India


KOCHI: A majority of the real estate and tourism players in the state chalk out a slow-and-steady-winning gameplan for sabotaging Coastal Regulation Zone laws, thanks to the unholy nexus among powerful businessmen, heads of social and religious organisations and politicians.


Nearly six months ago, 15 MLAs from Alappuzha, Kottayam and Ernakulam districts cutting across party lines along with the heads of eight Christian denominations submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to save the tourism industry and thousands who eke out a living from it. 

The memorandum, signed by the MLAs from the Congress, CPM, Kerala Congress (M), CPI and the JD(S), apparently acknowledged the grave nature of CRZ violations when it pegged the figure of investments at `50,000 crore.

Their request was to consider the precarious situation that would topple the healthy tourism sector in case the erring hotels and resorts are demolished. However, all the signatories later disassociated from the statement, claiming ignorance over the issue.

“The nexus between politicians and realtors even prevents the implementation of court orders,” says environmental activist John Peruvanthanam.

Incidentally, this unusual memorandum comes in the wake of the Supreme Court order to demolish illegal constructions in two Vembanad islets - Vettilathuruthu and Nediyathuruthu - at Panavally panchayat of Alappuzha district.  An appeal moved by the Green Lagoon (Vaamika Island) resorts was subsequently dismissed by the apex court on August 2, 2013.

The court  also sought a list CRZ violations in the state. The case of Nediyathuruthu, which according to revenue records has land measuring 11.5 acres comprising paddy fields and water-logged areas, was more sensitive.

The demolition of Kapiko Resorts is rather a strenuous task as the action is almost unprecedented by the sheer nature of the massive construction using materials mostly glass and steel in an island without any land connectivity.


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