The Indian Coast Guard has dropped a plan to set up its own training academy on the Kerala coast as the force was unable to secure approval for the site from the Union Environment Ministry.
The green ministry denied the grant of Environment and Coastal Regulation Zone clearances for the setting-up of the Indian Coast Guard Academy at Azhikkal, Kerala, as the project site falls in a CRZ-1(A) area where no construction is permissible.
“Since the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has denied the clearances as per the CRZ notification, the project of Indian Coast Guard to establish Indian Coast Guard Academy at Azhikkal, Kerala has been dropped,” the Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik Monday said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha MP Elamaram Kareem.
The decision to do away with the academy in Kerala comes more than eight years after its foundation stone was laid by then Defence Minister A K Antony – also a former Kerala Chief Minister – in May 2011. Read More