August, 2005 – Editor`s Page

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From the Editor`s Desk

Being a maritime nation. The need for a longer sighted vision with consistency, rather than a five year plan for the Coastal zone. The state and central governments to improve coastal management and planning, for national security reasons as well,. overseeing the Sethusamudram project, reasons to improve long term coastal management, during the ever expanding population of India.

The need to visualise and develop the coast in a responsible, committed and in an orderly way, with a national outlook. and not with differences and disparities of the state and centre, but for a clear national governance, for a right thinking citizen towards “Marine and Coastal legislation, policy and planning” . “If to build a port, a shipyard or allied industry one should have the foresight, where they should put things with a long way in advance, rather than having pitched battles, every time someone proposes to do something.

“Let`s put a plan down so that the developers know where they can develop, where Government know where their future lies, ultimately a plan that sees the coast in very good shape within a reasonable time, to save India`s coastline.”For a good cause, we need to raise our valuable voice, on the beaches, in the parliament, and in the courts if we have to, to protect our environment, protect our culture and national heritage.

There is prevalance of political arrogance, owing to which there has been no consultations with the relevant learned bodies and true social activists for discussion, though they are reluctant to come out with free and frank expression owing to the polluted situation. The need for a consensus without bias and prejudice, primarily in the national and international interest. Focus the Sea Change Task Force and the development of a Framework for a National Approach to Integrated Coastal Zone Management, particularly in a country like india constituting many states with varied caste, religion creed etc. An increasing number of coastal regions outside our capital cities. If no action is taken to change the way in which coastal resources are used, there is considerable risk of ecosystems being destroyed, the recreational amenity of the coast will be degraded, and economic growth and employment opportunities will be lost; in short, the collective benefits provided by the coastal zone will cease to be available as natural resources.

Let us look at what is best perceived from experiences, for a better maritime world tomorrow.

Dr. Chandran Peechulli,
Ph.D; MBA; D.Sc; FIE(India), PgDIMS(UK), PgTED; FIIPE; MSEI; MSNAME(USA),
Ex.Chief Engineer(Marine), G.M.(Tech) Crossworld Shipping.
Managing Editor & Publisher-“MARINE WAVES” International Maritime Newsletter.

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