Thiruvananthapuram

State’s eco-issues to be addressed: CM

Alternative building concepts to be promoted

The State government will seriously address the environmental issues that have aggravated the floods and promote alternative building concepts that will help reduce the use of sand and granite, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said.

Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting here on Wednesday, Mr. Vijayan said the places prone to landslips would be identified and permission for construction would not be given in such areas.

Land would have to be purchased and houses constructed for those who had been living in such places. The concept of construction needed to be changed. The use of granite and sand should be reduced. Developed nations had moved to pre-fabricated buildings. The government would construct such buildings and show the model, he said.

Due space had to be provided for free flow of water. The room for river scheme in vogue in Netherlands would have to be implemented in the State too, he said. Asked whether the recommendations of the Madhav Gadgil Committee still held good in the State, Mr. Vijayan said that a blanket approach could not be adopted and most of the issues were location specific.

Last year there was an attempt to put the onus for the flood on opening of dam shutters. This had been proved wrong now, he said.

Adalats

Adalats would be conducted for issuing certificates lost in the flood. Textbooks too would be distributed in the affected areas. Regarding the campaign against making donations to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, he said the fund was being operated in a transparent manner.

Ministers would contribute a month’s salary to the fund. Employees who had not participated in the salary challenge last year, could make use of the present opportunity, he said.

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