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January 28 2015 | by Rahul
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Varkala Cliff to be protected from illegal constructions

The district administration said that the waste management issue will be given top priority.

As a step to protect the Varkala Cliff, the district administration has decided to take stern action against illegal constructions. The Varkala Municipality has been directed to take steps against those violating the laws and indulged in such activities and to see that the cliff is cleared of all illegal buildings.

The decision to protect the cliff was taken at a meeting convened here by District Collector Biju Prabhakar. The meeting entrusted the Varkala tahsildar to demarcate the cliff area and to identify those engaged in constructions within 100 metres of the cliff. Permission for new constructions will not be given without the clearance of the Department of Environment. Buildings permits that were given in violation of the CZR norms will be cancelled.

Another issue discussed at the meeting was regarding the flow of waste water from the resorts and hotels to the beach. Steps will taken to prevent polluted water from flowing into the Papanasam area. The district administration said that the waste management issue will be given top priority.

The six-km long, 40-metre high red laterite cliff, facing the Papanasam beach at Varkala, is a unique sedimentary geo-morphological structure in an otherwise flat Kerala coast. Last year, Varkala cliff has been declared a geo-heritage site by the Geological Survey of India (GSI) in view of its ‘unique geological significance.’

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