Limit area of house to number of people or pay additional tax

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Assembly Committee on environment has proposed a set of recommendations to reduce the use of natural resources in the construction of houses. It recommended that the area of the house should be limited according to the number of people of a family.

Those who construct house exceeding the area based on the number of members of the family are liable to pay an additional tax to the authority.

The environment committee headed by Mullakkara Rathnakaran has submitted a report regarding this in the assembly.

The report also mentioned about bringing quarries under the control of the government or public ownership apart from giving license to individuals for its operation. Social control over quarrying is also proposed.

The report of the environment has great scope amidst the growing concerns over regulating quarry operations on leased land following the Supreme Court order. It is assumed that the government will consider the recommendations of the assembly committee if they fail to settle the issue by amending the rule.

At the same time, it is examined that as the court order has made the No Objection Certificate from revenue department mandatory for constructions on leased land, all activities except domestic and agriculture-related ones will be interrupted on these lands.

As a major recommendation, the committee report has noted to amend the land registration rule and establish a mining policy to make the operation of quarries and crushers scientific as well as nature friendly.

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