‘Illegally reclaimed paddy fields should be confiscated'

The District Development Council has demanded immediate steps by the government to check reclamation of wetlands and paddy fields.

A resolution, moved by T.N. Prathapan, MLA-elect, and seconded by C. Ravindranath, MLA-elect, at the meeting of the council here on Saturday said that illegally reclaimed paddy fields should be confiscated by the government.

“Immediate measures should be taken to solve drinking water shortage. Minor drinking water supply projects should be implemented,” the resolution said.

P.A. Madhavan, MLA-elect, urged the Centre to sanction a package for kole land development modelled on the one for Kuttanad.

K.V. Abdul Khader, MLA-elect, demanded initiatives to prevent monsoon-related diseases.

“Adequate medicines should be stocked at taluk hospitals and primary health centres. The government should ensure proper service of doctors,” he said.

B.D. Devassy spoke against moves to impose toll on the Angamaly-Mannuthy national highway. M.P. Vincent, MLA-elect, seconded the resolution.

Mr. Prathapan said that ‘students-only' buses should be operated in the district between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., and 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

“Private bus operators who are willing to operate ‘students-only' services should be given permits,” he added.

Collector P.G. Thomas presided over the meeting. P.C. Chacko, MP, district panchayat president K.V. Dasan and District Planning Officer T.S. Radhakrishnan were among those present.


A meeting, chaired by the Collector, held here on Saturday reviewed clay-mining in the district.

The meeting said that clay-mining should be allowed only in stretches where coconut palms and other trees were grown and paddy had not been cultivated for long.

The Collector said that seven permits had been given for clay-mining.

“The government had received 86 applications in this connection. But problems arose in the areas where mining was allowed. There were widespread protests,” he said.

The meeting pointed out that clay-mining for tile and terracotta industries was affecting farming.

The land mined for clay should be later made suitable for cultivation by proper filling, the meeting observed.

  • Package for kole land development sought

  • Move to impose toll on Angamaly-Mannuthy national highway opposed