The district administration has initiated steps to take over 132 hectares of excess land allegedly in the possession of KGS Aranmula Airport Ltd., invoking the provisions of the Kerala Land Reforms Act.

In a report to the Commissioner of Land Revenue on February 12 (No. C8-51855/09), District Collector V.N. Jithendran says the State Land Board has given permission (Order no. LB (B8) 4257/08, dated July 7, 2012) to the Taluk Land Board to take over the land. The process is under way.

The Collector says K.J. Abraham of Kozhencherry had bought 92 hectares (230 acres) of land in Aranmula, Kidangannur and Mallappuzhasserry villages for starting an aeronautical engineering course on behalf of the Kozhencherry Educational and Charitable Society.

He converted a portion of paddy land and a natural stream, encroaching upon government property.

The Additional Tahsildar of Kozhencherry registered a case against him under the Kerala Land Conservancy Act and cleared the encroachment on 2.354 hectares of the Poramboke stream on July 12, 2012.

The Revenue Department put up a board declaring the area a government property.

The report says the Collector has not granted any permission, either to the KGS company or to any other party, for land conversion or any such activity in Aranmula.