Coastal trouble

Published: Thursday 15 March 2001

environmentalists in Karnataka allege that there has been a large-scale violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone (crz) notification in the state. Surveys conducted by the Guruvayanakere-based Nagarika Seva Trust, a voluntary organisation, show that there are at least 95 cases of violations of the crz notification along the Karnataka coastline. The violations include activities such as illegal construction -- both industrial and residential apart from construction of government guesthouses, temples and aquaculture units. Several cases of untreated sewage and municipal solid waste being dumped into water bodies have been reported from the area. Widespread illegal sand mining has also been going on along the coast, alleges the trust. Environmentalists are now seeking legal action against all those who are found guilty of violating the notification.

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