In Kerala, now on fishermen community can build bigger homes in CRZ no-development zone. The Kerala coastal zone management authority has raised the maximum permissible plinth area for the construction or reconstruction of residential buildings from 66sqm to 100 sqm in the no-development zone.
PH Kurian, additional chief secretary said, the move was based on a latest survey which revealed that the average plinth area of a building in rural area as 100sqm and around 115sqm in rural area. The survey was conducted by technical experts of KCZMA.
As per CRZ rules, from high tide line, construction or reconstruction of units of traditional coastal communities may be permitted between 100 and 200 metres.
PH Kurian said,”It was a logical decision made based on popular demand. The decision to revise the plinth area was taken after considering the results of a survey. It showed that the average plinth area of a building in rural areas is 100 sq.m and that it in urban area it is around 115 sq.m and we decided to fixit at 100 sq.m.”
In 10 coastal districts of Kerala, the committee had assessed the average plinth area of residential buildings in panchayats, municipalities and corporations. In Thiruvanathapuram, the survey showed average plinth area of 3,093 buildings in gram panchayat was 102.41 sq.m. In the case of municipalities of 11,519 houses, the average plinth area is 115.39 sq.m, while Thiruvananthapuram corporation recorded the highest plinth area for 183450 houses have an average of 132.84 sq.m.
A senior official said,” Basically people should have descent houses to live because a decent household is the right of a citizen. If somebody is going to have a personal area, just because it is in NDZ, there is no hard and fast rule that it has to be 66 sq.m, we judiciously decided to take average of constructions in coastal areas in panchayat, corporation and municipalities and after doing the exercise we arrived at 100 sq.m”
Almost all the application KCZMA receiving is requesting a plinth area above 660sq.m. However, in most of the cases the applications could not be entertained resulting in protests among the fishermen community.