To highlight dangers of hill demolition, paddy field conversion

The Kerala Sasthra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP) will organise a nature protection rally from Athirumkal, near Konni, to Chembanmudy at Ranni on World Environment Day on June 5.

In a statement here on Friday, Mathew Koshy Punnackad, KSSP environment committee chairman, and M.K. Rajendran, convener, said that Philipose Mar Chrysostum, senior Metropolitan of the Mar Thoma Church, would inaugurate the rally at a public function at Athirumkal in Kalanjoor grama panchayat at 8.30 a.m. on June 5.

The rally seeks to highlight KSSP demands such as stoppage of hill demolition and conversion of paddy fields, effective protection of the Western Ghats, abandoning of the Aranmula airport project and the Pampa-Achencoil-Vaipar link project, implementation of water conservation schemes, and closing down of illegal granite crusher units in the State.

The statement accused the government of neglecting the hazardous implications of paddy land and wetland conversion at a time when the State was witnessing an alarming drinking water crisis. Even the Chief Minister and his Cabinet colleagues have openly supported the controversial airport project that requires large-scale conversion of biodiversity-rich wetland and paddy field at Aranmula. The KSSP leaders said the government must protect hills and paddy lands, considered the wealth and beauty of Kerala.

N.S. Rajendrakumar, KSSP district president, will preside over the inaugural function. Joji Koottummel, parishad spokesman, will deliver the keynote address. G. Stalin, district secretary, will speak. The rally will be accorded public receptions at Kalanjoor, Elamannoor, Mannady, Adoor, Pandalam, Punnakulanji, Aranmula, and Ranni before it reaches Chembanmudy by 5 p.m.

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