The State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) has issued guidelines to District Collectors for preparedness in view of the tidal flooding alert for the Kerala coast till September 30.

According to the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad, tidal flooding is likely to occur from September 25 to 30, in connection with the Perigean Spring Tide (also called Supermoon or King Tide) of September 28 when the moon is closest to the earth during its orbit.

The low lying areas along the Kerala coast, including southern Kochi, Alappuzha, Kollam, and Thiruvananthapuram, are particularly vulnerable.

The phenomenon is likely to peak for three days from September 28.

Floating jetty at Nariman Point gets nod

Mumbai: A temporary floating jetty for passengers to embark and disembark while going to the proposed floatel at Nariman Point has been approved by Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA). Tourists will be taken to the floatel in small boats. 

Green Tribunal says no to thermal power plant at Nayachar

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday disallowed a proposed thermal power plant at Nayachar in East Midnapore district owing to geomorphology of the island and lack of clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

The Eastern Bench of NGT, presided by Justice (Retd.) Pratap Kumar Ray and Prof P. C. Mishra, directed that the coal-based thermal power plant cannot come up on the riverine island owing to its geomorphology or topographical features.

Located at the confluence of the Ganges and Haldi Rivers, the 47 sq km Nayachar Island is within 10 km of Sundarbans Biosphere Reserve which is one of the world’s richest in terms of biodiversity.

The NGT bench also noted that the affidavits of the Ministry of Environment and Forest and Climate Change on Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) criteria prohibit any such construction within a specified distance from the waterline.

The order declining permission for the plant was also based on an affidavit filed by the Geological Survey of India.

Clarion call to conserve Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve

A clarion call was made to conserve the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve by A.P. Lipton, former Principal Scientist of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) at a seminar on environment at Scott Christian College.

While addressing the participants, he said conservation of natural resources was highly vital for a balanced eco-system, without which human life would be in jeopardy.

He pointed out that the Mannar Biosphere was rich with a host of marine resources, including the protected whales, dolphins, dugong, turtle and sharks.

Delivering a presentation on the Biodiversity of the Western Ghats, S.S. Davidson, environmental educator, said that the Western Ghats was a rich repository of fauna and flora with animals of the highest order as elephants, tigers, leopards, sloth bear, Indian gaur and many minor animals, rare medicinal herbs and reptiles, including the King cobra. SMJ Chandran, Lions District Governor, said that saplings should be regularly watered till they were established to survive by themselves.

Tourism minister wants CRZ relaxed for Karnataka

Tourism Minister R V Deshpande on Monday said that Union government and the Tourism ministry had accepted the recommendations made by Swaminathan Committee on relaxation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ). 

Addressing a press meet after inaugurating the exhibition centre of the 38th Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart, 2015, at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, the minister said that beach resorts were being allowed in a radius of 50-100 metres of the seas in other states and nations whereas no such construction was allowed within 500-metre radius in Karnataka.

“We have 90 beaches along the 320-km coastline, but have identified only 44 beaches and four islands for tourism purposes,”  the minister said.

Source: Deccan Herald