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IIA moots broad land use plan for ‘Rebuild Kerala’

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Nov 7, 2018, 6:19 am IST
Updated Nov 7, 2018, 6:19 am IST
The survey aimed at a comprehensive disaster management strategy for them.
Indian Institute of Architects
 Indian Institute of Architects

Kozhikode: The final report of the survey 'Rebuild Kerala' conducted by the Kozhikode chapter of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) in association with the town planning department highlighted the urgent need of a comprehensive land use plan for each panchayath irrespective of the single master plan that very few cities in the state have.

The survey report for flood-hit Kozhikode, Malappuram and Wayanad districts was handed over to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Government Guest House here on Tuesday. 

 

The survey aimed at a comprehensive disaster management strategy for them.

As per the report, land use plans and master plans should be extended to all panchayats of the state considering the density of settlements and its vulnerability. Zoning strategies of the land use plans should also incorporate no-development zone (NDZ) apart from present ecologically sensitive and CRZ zones based on the degree of vulnerability. 

"A land tribunal should be formed separately to look at all complaints and concerns regarding the classifications and zoning," said Vivek P.P., the vice-president of IIA, Kozhikode, and also the coordinator of the survey in the three districts. 

The study done in three districts was carried out with the help of several organisations like 'we for Wynad', Lensfed and Rensfed. Several institutions like NIT Calicut and DG College of Architecture also gave academic support. 

More than 1000 volunteers also joined the study, which includes the floodplain and vulnerability maps depending on the depth, the height, duration and impact of floods for the first time. 

It recommends the government to bring significant changes in all the rules and regulations like land use, building bylaws and construction technology for each zone. 

At the same time, the district disaster management team should be reconstituted by adding experts from the relevant academic and professional institutions and meet up consistently to build up the resilience plan and to follow up the guidelines formulated.  

As part of the study findings, a designing workshop for the reconstruction of houses washed away will be held on Wednesday at the collectorate.

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