Around 1,000 people will take part in agitation on Tuesday

The People's Joint Action Council will stage a march to the Assembly on March 20 against the proposed private airport project at Aranmula.

This was announced at a press conference by action council leaders A.K. Muraleedhara Kurup, K.S. Suresh, R. Ajayakumar, Manoj Madhavassery, and Reji Kuzhikkala here on Saturday.

As many as 1,000 people from Aranmula would set off to Thiruvananthapuram in 18 buses at 7 a.m. on March 20 to take part in the Assembly march.

Poet Sugathakumari would inaugurate the march at 10 a.m. Leaders of various political parties would address the march, they said.

Demands

The action council leaders said the march was to press the demand for withdrawal of the notification issued by the Industries Department declaring 500 acres of land in and around Aranmula as industrial area in the name of the airport project, and seeking stern action against the illegal conversion of paddy fields and wetlands in Aranmula.

The action council called upon the government not to support the airport project as it would require large-scale conversion of ecologically fragile wetlands and paddy fields.

CPI campaign

The Communist Party of India would hold a march in Aranmula, Kidanganur, and Mallappuzhassery on Sunday to create awareness against the proposed project.

CPI district committee member A.K. Muraleedhara Kurup would lead the march. Senior party leader Pannyan Raveendran would inaugurate the public meeting to be held as part of the culmination of the march. P. Prasad, CPI district secretary, would preside over the meeting.

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