Wayanad experts want a unique masterplan

Experts from the regions most vulnerable panchayats demanded a special long-term master plan . 70% of the first and second order streams in the district, which totaled 1400 kilometers, fell into disuse and conversion .

KOZHIKODE: On the third anniversary of the Puthumala landslide in Wayanad, experts from the region's most vulnerable panchayats demanded a special long-term master plan.They also stated that the master plan should address agriculture, design, and land use in these areas.Former district land conservation officer PU Das said that 70% of the first and second order streams in the district, which totaled 1400 kilometers, fell into disuse and conversion, which is one of the factors that caused landslides in high-intensity rains.According to the toposheet compiled by the Government of India, there were 5120 kilometers of streams and rivers in the district, covering a total of 2.5 kilometers.

We discovered that 70% of the first and second order streams that ran in the hills had vanished during an investigation.All of the landslides and mudslides in the area occurred near places that used to have a water system, but many of which had been knocked down, he said.Das said that significant and negative changes in the district's land use have taken place in recent years.He said that landslides and mudslides occurred due to illegal conversion of streams, cutting down of dense forests on hill slopes, planting of monocrop plantations on hill sides, and the construction of resorts and highways on the hill faces.

For the long-term growth of the district, there should be a surveillance system and development plans should be reformed, and people should be made climate literate, he said.The seminar was inaugurated by Advocate P Chathukutty.