Kendrapara, Jan 18 (LocalWire) Local residents on Saturday appreciated the central government decision to mark Bhitarkanika national park as critically vulnerable.
A cross-section of people including fishermen, forest dwellers and environmentalists welcomed the decision during a public hearing organised by the local administration here.
The public hearing was held for preparing the draft of the district’s coastal zone management plan.
Previously, the government had notified 100 meters land area from the high tide line from the tidal rivers and creeks under the coastal regulated zone act that restricts different construction activities near beaches.
Later the union government reduced it from 100 meters to 50 meters. In the public hearing, many coastal residents supported the reduction area, divisional forest officer Bikash Ranjan Dash told LocalWire.
In the public hearing, some fishermen, prawn farm owners and others demanded the publication of proper coastal regulation maps.
“We informed them that the state-run Odisha Space Application Center (OSAC) is preparing the map”, he said.
Kaliprasan Nayak a retired teacher of Rajkanika urged the government to de-notify some villages from the area of the national park as these are situated at a distance.
Some prawn farmers from Rajkanika and Rajnagar alleged that they registered their prawn farms but the officials are demolishing their farms.