Union Ministry against giving ITI land

: Commencement of work on the medical college sanctioned by the State government for the district is likely to get delayed owing to land acquisition issues.

The District Collector had identified 50 acres of land owned by ITI Ltd, a Central public sector undertaking. As many as 72.5 acres belonging to the company had been lying unused since 1990.

The Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR) had declared the unit ‘sick’ in 2004. A revival plan was pending before the BIFR. Hence, the proposal to take away 50 acres needed sanction from the Centre and the BIFR, sources said.

Also, the move had been opposed by the officers and employees of ITI Ltd. They said the move would affect the expansion plans of the company.

The ITI Employees’ Association, in a statement here on Tuesday, said the Ministry of Telecom had asked the Ministry of Defence to ‘put ITI Ltd. on their preferred PSU list, on a par with BEL.’ However, the District Collector had sent a proposal on May 14, 2012 to resume 50 acres at Yakkara village, out of the 100 acres acquired for ITI Ltd., in 1990.

The report said, “the proposed land belongs to ITI, which was acquired in 1990 as per the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894. Out of this, 27.33 acres of land has been utilised by the ITI for the construction of staff quarters.

The remaining 72.77 acres is still unutilised. There was a proposal to set up an airport and set up an IT park on the land. The Tahsildar, Palakkad, had reportedly informed the authorities that getting ITI land was a cumbersome process as it required sanction from various agencies.

The Tahsildar had also suggested using 194 acres of land near the National Highway at the Gramalakshmi Muradalayam area in Pudussery village acquired for the Railway Coach Factory (RCF).

Of the 433 acres acquired for the RCF, only 239 acres had been given to Railways. The remaining land was in government possession, the report said.

The institution would cater to the Kanjikode-Pudussery-Walayar industrial belt, the second biggest one after Kochi, in Kerala. It could also be of help to RCF staff, the report stated.

Union Ministry against giving ITI land.

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