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Centre accepts Kerala's demand on ESAs: Chandy

Centre accepts Keralas demand on ESAs: Chandy

New Delhi: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Friday said the Centre agreed to Kerala's demand that ecologically sensitive areas (ESAs) and other land could co-exist in same village considering the unique topography of the state.

“The Centre has accepted the state’s demand considering its unique topographical features,” Chandy told reporters after holding talks with Union Minister of Environment and Forests Prakash Javedkar in New Delhi.

The State will submit the cadastral map demarcating the ESAs to the Centre. The final notification will be issued on September 9. The State should hand over all the details pertaining to the ESA before that.

The Ministry of Environment and Forest had sought clarifications on various aspects, including the map submitted earlier, the area and so on in a letter sent to the Chief Secretary.

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