The order issued by District Collector, P. Venugopal, on Tuesday directing the people to submit separate requests for denotifying their land that has been brought under the industrial area in the three villages of Aranmula, Mallappuzhaserry and Kidanagannur through a Gazette notification of March 1, 2011, has kicked up a controversy with the People’s Action Council and the local MLA contesting the order on Wednesday.

As many as 100 agitated people led by the district leaders of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Bharatiya Janata Party and the action council leaders, barged into the office of the Additional District Magistrate, H. Salimraj, and detained him for about 20 minutes, demanding steps to withdraw the notification as such and immediate withdrawal of the collector’s order.

The agitated people raised slogans against the collector who was away at Sabarimala.

The action council workers retreated, later, on the basis of the assurance given by the ADM that he would take up the matter with the collector in all its seriousness and make amendments in the order.

Meanwhile, in a statement issued here on Wednesday, the Aranmula MLA, K.Sivadasan Nair, has stated that the collector’s order asking the people to submit separate requests for denotifying their land from the ambit of the earlier notification issued by the Industries Department would cause much inconvenience to them.

Mr Nair said the decision taken at the all-party meeting was that those who wanted to keep their land under the industrial area itself should submit request for the same. The decision taken at the all party meeting was to recommend the Government to issue an order denotifying all landed property, excluding those owned by the KGS Group, in the three villages from the industrial area, he said. Mr Nair said any work on the proposed aqirport project should begin only after issuing such an order.

CPI(M), CPI, BJP stand

The CPI(M) district secretary, A.Padmakumar, BJP district president V.N.Unni, CPI Aranmula Assembly mandalam secretary, A.K.Murleedhara Kurup and the Action Council presient, K.S.Suresh, alleged that the collector’s order was part of a dubious move to protect the interests of the private company.

They said the agitation would be intensified in the coming days.

Collector’s order revised

Meanwhile, the District Collector has issued a statement here on Wednesday directing the people who wanted to retain their land in the area notified as industrial area itself to submit separate requests to that effect in the next seven days.