Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: Ombudsman for Local Self-government Institutions M.R. Hariharan Nair has been informed that the boat manufacturing unit in the 22nd ward of the Payyoli grama panchayat is illegal.

The information was conveyed by the panchayat secretary in response to a notice from the Ombudsman to the local body following complaints from the people in the area.

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The complaints said the boat manufacturing unit was in the Coastal Regulation Zone in which no construction activities are allowed. The smell emanating from the chemicals used by the unit was unbearable, they said.

The sitting held by the Ombudsman here on Tuesday decided to take a final decision on the issue after hearing the version of the owners of the unit in its sitting scheduled to be held on May 19.

A total of 35 complaints were heard at the sitting on Tuesday. Seven complaints were settled.