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Claims the project has support of local people

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Kozhikode: The Communist Party of India (Marxist)'s district secretariat on Wednesday strongly defended the Kinaloor four-lane project and rubbished charges that Industries Minister Elamaram Karim had an axe to grind in supporting it.

The party leadership also appealed to the people to defeat the forces which were trying to scuttle the project since it could trigger development of the region and generate large scale employment.

T.P. Ramakrishnan, CPI(M) district secretary, claimed the project had the support of local people. Eleven meetings of residents who would be affected by road-widening were held. A majority promised to give their land for developing the existing 12-metre road to a 20-metre one. They were promised decent compensation and employment for a member of the family in KSIDC's industrial park. Six other families were promised support for rebuilding houses.

“The fact is most of the people accepted these offers. Yet some outsiders attacked officials and the police with cow dung and even lethal weapons on May 6 when they went to do survey,” the CPI(M) district secretary alleged.

The CPI(M) leadership reiterated its charge that the attack on police in Kinalur was led by a few radical communal outfits that had very little support in their own community. “It is shocking that the UDF, which had earlier supported widening of the road, is now backing such extremist outfits,” Mr. Ramakrishnan remarked.

He also challenged the critics of Industries Minister Elamaram Karim to produce evidence to prove their charge the Minister and his relatives owned land in Kinalur.

SSI body backs project

The Kerala State Small Industries' Association has warned that the agitation against the four-lane road to the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) Growth Centre at Kinaloor would scuttle its development.

Association president M. Khalid, in a statement on Wednesday, said the industrial growth centre developed over a period of 15 years would remain stunted if good roads were not built to attract investors.

VS petitioned

In an open letter to Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, the Jana Jagratha Samithi of Kinaloor has appealed to take immediate measures to prevent further harassment of people for opposing the government survey for the four-lane road project there. It was also critical of Industries Minister Elamaram Karim for defending the police action.

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