Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State government will execute with resolute diligence the task of clearing land encroachments in Munnar, Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran has said. A special court will be set up there to deal with cases that might ensue from the action, the Minister said while replying to a discussion, on Wednesday, on a motion of thanks to the Governor's adress in the Assembly on Tuesday. Mr. Rajendran said encroachers would be evicted irrespective of how powerful they were, politically or otherwise.

The government was working on a plan of action for Munnar that culminate in the creation of a beautiful township there. A Cabinet subcommittee was reviewing the progress of the eviction initiatives on a regular basis and the High Court of Kerala would be constantly informed about the action, he said.

The government had completed the procedures on the distribution of land to more than 6,000 tribal families and would organise public functions in April and May to hand over title deeds to them. The beneficiaries were selected from around 32,000 applications collected from deserving families.