The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has incorporated these changes in the amendment to the rules framed under the Coastal Protection Act of 2019.
The cost of the demolition, which was ordered by the SC for violating the Coastal Management Act, will be borne by the resort owners.
According to the Union Ministry, there are proposals to carry out mining of radioactive minerals from these areas.
Justice Anu Sivaraman, while hearing a plea by Adani Ports seeking protection from the protesters, said the agitation must not affect the ongoing project.
Kerala is now contemplating to seek an extension for preparing the plan after convincing the NGT of the difficulties in meeting the deadline.
The Centre has rejected Kerala’s proposal to re-designate grama (village) panchayats as areas with urban characteristics to obtain exemptions under Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Rules
Of the 941 panchayats, 398 panchayats are listed as town-centric while the rest are categorised as village-centric.
Opposition leader V D Satheesan said the coastal management plan should have been submitted within six months of the notification.
The Kerala Government has decided to consider all census towns, i.e., panchayat regions with urban characteristics, as urban areas.
Chellanam in Ernakulam district is the worst erosion-hit seashore region in Kerala. This five-part text & video story series explores the issue in depth. Here is the first part.