Govt to relocate people dwelling in disaster prone areas
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government has ordered to relocate the people who reside in eco-sensitive zones and places under risk of natural disaster. They will be provided houses or flats in habitable areas.
Revenue minister E. Chandrasekharan has directed Revenue Additional Chief Secretary P. H. Kurien to issue order to allocate the land and initiate further proceedings. The chief secretary had directed the department of local administration not to grant permission for construction in disaster prone areas.
Hence the government has gone one step further by issuing an order to grant them land and accommodation. The new order is issued for those who stay in the banks of large rivers including Periyar and Pampa hit by flood and those in Wayanad and Idukki districts.
As per the primary estimate, about 5000 families need to be relocated. The district collectors have been directed to conduct a survey of the families in each districts and to find habitable lands and submit a report within three weeks.
Those who are being rehabilitated will be provided 3-5 cents of land. Government poramboke land, land left unused by other departments and land contributed by organisations or individuals will be considered for this purpose.
In places where sufficient space is not available, apartments will be built to accommodate them. The activities will be coordinated by the Land Revenue Commission.
The government has not asked to strictly adhere to the condition that construction activities will be allowed in a certain distance from the river banks. The collectors can decide on it depending on the situation in each place.