Thiruvananthapuram: About 200 families are planning to permanently relocate from the places where landslides occurred in the state last year. These families are on different phases of utilising the rehabilitation package worth Rs 10 lakh offered by the government to find new land and house. People living in places which are unfit for residential purposes will be relocated this time also.
The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has submitted a report to the government that 701 families are residing in places that are completely unfit for residential purposes. Landslides, mudslips and cracks on earth had occurred in these places during the flood havoc in 2018. The survey was conducted by 12 teams of GSI.
Major and minor landslides had taken place in about 1800 places that year. The GSI collected details of people who reside in revenue land (who has title deed). The government approved their rehabilitation package prepared by the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority. The details of these houses has been published in the media.
Ownership of land will be preserved
Rebuild Kerala CEO Dr. V. Venu said that about 200 families have consented to accept Rs 10 lakh and relocate from their place. However, the ownership of the disaster-prone land will be preserved for them. They are only restricted from initiating construction at the place. The people need to have at least 3 cent land in the place where they intend to relocate. They can build or buy houses in preferred sizes.
As landslides and mudslips occurred at new places this year, the number of families to be relocated has increased. Exact number can be known only after further studies. Those who are willing to shift from the place will be provided with the same package. They only need to inform the village officer their consent to relocate from the disaster-prone area.
50 teams to inspect lands
However, nobody will be forced to relocate from their place. Continuous awareness programmes will be conducted in this regard. Relocation from places that are unfit for inhabitation will be allowed in flood-prone areas. Last year, 37 families in Kuttanadu R Block were found to be dwelling in such land.
The government has decided to appoint 50 groups of two members each for collecting details of families residing in disaster-prone areas. These groups will be comprised of officials from the departments of Mining and Geology, Groundwater and Soil Conservation. Training for the officials has already started. They will conduct site inspection in the coming days.