CAG REPORT CLAIMS KERALA YET TO PLAN ON FLOOD PREVENTION

A CAG report on the Kerala government’s response to the past floods in the state states that the government is yet to enact a flood plain zoning legislation, 45 years after the Union Government circulated to all states a model draft bill for flood plain zoning legislation, reported the Indian Express. 

On Thursday, the report which was presented in the state assembly was issued after the deadly floods of 2018. The state also witnessed floods in the following years, in 2019, 2020 and the latest floods that brought considerable damage and loss of lives, this year. The report has pointed out serious lapses on the part of the state government in planning, capacity building, flood forecasting and dam management among other areas, the newspaper writes. “Kerala has not enacted flood plain zoning legislation, even though a model draft bill for flood plain zoning legislation was circulated by the Union Government in 1975 to all the States.  The flood plains of the State have not been identified and demarcated, Legislation to identify and demarcate flood plain zones of the State would have enabled the Government to take proactive measures in controlling potential encroachment activities in the flood plains”, the report reads.

 

Flood plain zoning is a process used in vulnerable geographies by demarcating zones or regions likely to be affected by floods, and preparing the area and the population so damage and destruction can be minimized or avoided. The report claims 14.52% of the state’s area is prone to floods. 

 

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