''The concept of rebuilding is not resurrecting the destroyed buildings. It is a process, of using space wisely. Utilization of the available space, 'leaving enough space' for nature and other living beings,’' noted M. Sivashankar IAS at the session which discussed space as a fragile resource in Kerala. ‘'The govt. cannot accomplish anything alone. It should be a combined effort of the people and governing systems,'' explained Sivasankar.
Dr.Venu IAS said that recognizing space is the key factor, a duty each of us must learn. It will help in creating a respect for the place and its beings. The recent floods have hopefully taught the people of Kerala that the state is at a stage that has no other option but to rebuild leaving space for rain and water conservation. Besides water, there is a huge space that calls for proper land use planning, and right implementation of land use laws.
The nature works on a number of fragile resources. We need to realize that we are living in a very sensitive environment that have been made fragile by our senseless activities. To preserve the reserves and to reduce space conflict, there has to be a planned and practical framework that should be strictly implemented.
Kerala calls itself a sophisticated community but the ruthless activities represent that of an uncivilised society. The Malayali community is a creative one but lacks the power of utilization. The solution to take forward mapping and land planning should begin at the grass root level. There exists a need to recognize spatial planning in the panchayat levels and to equip the locals to work towards it. Disaster management is not a need now. It's a compulsion, highlighted the speakers.
Dr. Venu added that it is probably time to think about a second land reformation act. The issue with these is not the issue in itself but the mode of its action. He cited the example of quarrying which is a necessary activity, provided it is done in a viable and effective manner, which can lead to a sustained development.
Changing demographic patterns can be used to regulate spaces. Kerala has faced a huge land cringe. It is high time to learn the character of our land and build or rather rebuild our spaces accordingly, concluded the speakers.