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Loutolim to start drafting CZMP from August 27



Loutolim  village development  committee  with the support of village resource persons and the various   associations in the village will collectively prepare the  factual coastal zone  management plan of the village  from  August  27  in case the government failed to depute  experts to assist the village  in preparing the same.

The  draft CZMP   prepared   by the National  Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) for the village of Loutolim has failed to show hundreds of houses situated on the banks of River Zuari that passes through the village. 

The plan shows khazan lands of the village in the CRZ areas with high tide line wrongly marked.

This bothered most of the villagers, who held  gram sabhas and  awareness programmes before  objecting to the  flawed CZMP.   

‘The Navhind Times’ had  highlighted the village’s plight vis-a-vis the  CZMP in detail, and how the villagers would be badly affected if it was finalised.

Speaking to this daily, Xavier Fernandes,  the present panch and former sarpanch, who is keenly fighting for the cause of villagers in relation to the  CZMP, said, “During the last gram sabha, we had collectively decided to urge the Department of Environment to depute  an expert to help the villagers  prepare the factual plan.  In last two days,  we sent the reminder to the  environment director.  If the department of environment does not come to our help, we will do it by roping in  private resource

He said that the village development  committee  chairman and the members with the help of the panchayat members have started collecting the data and  would contact  each of the associations like  communidade, farmers clubs etc for the  inputs, which would be necessary to draft the CZMP in a right perspective. 

“We will try to meet the deadline in sending the CZMP. We also seek support of the villagers in this direction,” Fernandes said.

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