Minister for Transport and Power Aryadan Mohammed said on Thursday that he did not remember receiving a letter from former transport minister Mathew T. Thomas warning him against any proposal for using Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) land in Ernakulam for building houses for war widows.
He was speaking to The Hindu on the report on the former minister’s revelation at a trade union meeting here that he, as the then transport minister, had received a proposal to use 5.5 acres of prime land at Karikakkamuri to build houses for war widows.
Mr. Mohammed said he did not remember any proposal for diverting KSRTC land for any purpose so far.
Mr. Thomas said he had sent the letter to the Transport Minister with the best of intentions. Land belonging to the KSRTC should be utilised for increasing its non-ticket income, the former Minister said. Mr. Mohammed was one of the most efficient ministers in the UDF Cabinet and that was why he was warned about a proposal to divert KSRTC land under some specious proposals, he said.
Mr. Thomas also said that he did not want to land the government or the minister in any trouble. The letter was handed over to the minister in the Assembly at a time when he had some information that the old proposal for utilising KSRTC land for building houses for war widows was being revived.