Letter to the Prime Minister (Shifting of Indian Coast Guard Academy-Azheekal-Kannur)

Dear Shri. Narendra Modiji,

I would like to bring to your kind attention to the news item about shifting of the Indian Coast Guard Academy from Azheekal in Kannur district in Kerala to Baikampady near Manglore in Karnataka and seek your kind intervention to drop any such proposal and proceed to complete the construction of the Academy at Azheekal.

As you are aware the Union Council of Ministers approved establishment of Indian Coast Guard Academy in 2009 and search for suitable site having ample space on coastal water front was initiated. Government of Kerala agreed to transfer land with Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation in the coastal town of Azheekal for the establishment of the Academy. The land transfers was completed within two years, in February, 2011 and the foundation stone was laid for the academy on 28 May 2011 by the then Defence Minister

The site has164 acres near Valapattanam on the Arabian sea coast in Irinavu of Azheekal in Kannur district of northern Kerala and is located 13 kms south of Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala. It was found to be the most suitable and its nearness to Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala was expected to facilitate sharing of common training infrastructure in Kerala back waters.

The Coast Guard has already spent Rs. 65.56 crore (construction of retention wall- 27.77 crore, land- 22.29 crore, electricity– 8.80 crore & water supply- 6.70 crore) for the essential basic infrastructure. Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority, in 2015, had already recommended clearance for construction of the academy outside the area covered with mangroves.
There are newspaper reports in the past few days that the above clearance proposal submitted by the Coast Guard to MOEF is still pending and that it is likely that the Ministry may not clear the proposal and the academy is being shifted from Azheekal to Baikampady near Manglore. The

reason for the delay in clearance by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, as reported, is that half of the extent of 164 acres is covered by mangroves and falls under CRZ I (1).

As you would appreciate that in the dynamic coastal estuary area, mangroves spread continuously and in the absence of the commencement of any construction work for the last 5 years, it is natural that some more areas are covered with mangroves. However, the actual area required for construction is around 50 acres only and that area is still available without affecting any mangroves.
The site had been selected after all due diligence and the foundation stone laid six years ago and Rs. 65.56 crore has already been spent. Kannur International Airport could commence commercial operations in September 2018 and the airport facility would be also be available to the Coast Guard. Any move to shifts the academy from the current site to another place would be unjustified and going against the interests of the State and the country.

I would therefore request for your kind intervention for put on hold any such move to shift the Coast Guard Academy from Azheekal and also to kindly issue necessary instructions to the Ministry of Environment and Forest to send a team of officials to inspect the site and to identify the area outside mangroves, for the construction of the Indian Coast Guard Academy.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

PINARAYI VIJAYAN

Shri. NARENDRA MODI
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India
152, South Block,
Raisina Hill, New Delhi-110011.