Kadavu, Kadavu Committee, River Bank, Sand
AN ACT to protect river banks and river beds from large scale dredging of river sand and to protect their
biophysical environment system and regulate the removal of river sand and for matters connected
therewith or incidental thereto.
Preamble.–WHEREAS it has come to the notice of the Government that
indiscriminate and uncontrolled removal of sand from the rivers cause large scale river
bank sliding and loss of property;
AND WHEREAS large scale dredging of river sand also disturb the biophysical
environment system of the river in different degrees;
AND WHEREAS due to the executive regulatory orders in force, complaints
have been received regarding the hardship to the employees engaged in construction
AND WHEREAS, in the public interest, it is expedient to provide for
regulatory measures for the protection of river banks and removal of sand from rivers; BE it enacted in the Fifty-second year of the Republic of India as follows:–
- Short title, extent and commencement.–(1) This Act may be called the
Kerala Protection of River Banks and Regulation of Removal of Sand Act, 2001.
(2) It extends to the whole of the State of Kerala.
(3) It shall come into force on such date as the Government may, by
notification in the Gazette, appoint.
- Definitions.– In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,–
(a) “District Collector” means the Collector of the District;
(b) “District Expert Committee” means the District Expert Committee
constituted under section 3;
(c) “Fund” means the River Management Fund maintained under section
(d) “Government” means the Government of Kerala; carried out;
(e) “Kadavu” means a river ban, or water body where removal of sand is
(f) “Kadavu Committee” means the Kadavu Committee constituted
under section 4;
(g) “Local Authority” means a Village Panchayat constituted under the
Kerala Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 (13 of 1994) or a Municipality constituted under the
Kerala Municipality Act, 1994 (20 of 1994);
(h) “Municipality” means a Town Panchayat or a Municipal Council or
Municipal Corporation constituted under the Kerala Municipality Act, 1994 (20 of 1994);
(i) “Notification” means a notification published in the Gazette under
(j) “Prescribed” means prescribed by the rules made under this Act;
(k) “Section” means a section of this Act;
(l) “Grama Panchayat” means a Village Panchayat constituted under
section 4 of the Kerala Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 (13 of 1994);
(m) “Block Panchayat” means a Block Panchayat constituted under
section 4 of the Kerala Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 (13 of 1994).
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