Chennai 21 November 2013:After the last-minute cancellation of CRZ public hearing in Chennai on 18 November, fisherfolk in Ramanathapuram district today forced the District Collector to postpone the public hearing for that district until all relevant documents are made available to them in Tamil. Mr. Anand, secretary of Ramanathapuram Fisher Trade Union who attended the meeting, said the Coastal Zone map currently available on the internet is in English, and is not the complete plan. “A map is not a plan. The CRZ Notification, 2011, mandates that a plan is not complete without a detailed land-use plan, and plans for long-term housing needs of fisherfolk.” he said. The documents available for the coastal districts have none of these elements.
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