Can we have only sustainable development?What has now happened in Kerala, can jolly well happen to Kodaikkanal and Ooty in Tamil Nadu. Every hill station is taken over by real estate sharks who exploit all natural resources and landslides happen. Munnar and Waynad are reportedly disasters waiting to happen.
When I visited Munnar, I did ask this question to the local people. They just shrugged their shoulders and said that very rich people are involved and nothing much will ever happen.
It this true? Are those rich so powerful that they can escape responsibility? I think the solution is to develop the areas some twenty kilometers from the main tourist spots where the soil is far better and can withstand huge hotels and resorts. Let the Government itself introduce any number of buses for the tourists to visit the main places and come back to their places of stay. In this fashion, the landslips may not occur as the fragile nature of the tourist spots can be protected.
Is this not sustainable development? We cannot go on building factories everywhere. For example, not there not be fresh leather factories that totally spoil the environment. Similarly, the tourist spots should be totally protected from haphazard development, totally spoiling everything that is so natural and beautiful.