Urban centers in Kerala are witnessing a real estate boom now-a-days. The apartment culture is growing in these areas. High-rises in the population in these areas have an impact on neighboring areas in terms of water resources, waste generation, and drainage and so on. People opt for Flats in Tripunithura
owing to spiraling labor costs and non-availability of land at prime locations. Considering the unique labor culture in Kerala, constructing an independent house has become a task for many. Once a suitable location is found, the authority can receive the plan for the flats. It should consist of specifications for source of water, drainage system and arrangements for disposal of waste. Those who occupy the flats should take an undertaking that they will on no account dispose of garbage in the vicinity. Heavy constructions demand supply of raw material such as cement, sand, metal, etc. Already, our rivers are being over exploited for sand. For cement, we are dependent on TamilNadu.
The influx to urban areas is gaining ground. Unless the local government checks it, the upswing will persist. It is the right of the people to move from one place to another to lead a better life. Likewise, the local government has a duty to safeguard those who have already settled there. No one should be allowed to disturb them. As the pressure on urban centers is still increasing and consequently the demand for housing, there is no other option but to go in for high-rise buildings. The existing town planning and other laws are adequate to deal with both these aspects. Under town planning laws, there is a provision for zoning regulations, which can incorporate height-zoning, use-zoning, floor area ratio and floor space index zoning and so on to take care of available or projected infrastructure. High-rise residential buildings should be planned futuristically, taking into consideration the present environmental conditions and the near future with respect to demand for more space, availability of resources, carrying capacity of utility networks and so no.