Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: Industries Minister Elamaram Karim has said he has the support of Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan in the Kinaloor issue and that is why an all-party meeting is being convened by Mr. Achuthanandan to find a solution to the impasse.

Mr. Karim was speaking to presspersons here after attending a regional conference on the ‘Resurgence of State-Owned Enterprises.'

Mr. Karim said the alternative road proposed by the Jana Jagrata Samiti for the way to the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) Growth Centre had practical difficulties. He said the other option of linking the park via National Highway 212 was not viable as the KSIDC could not wait until the National Highways Authority of India took up expansion works on the highway.

Mr. Karim said the NH 212 at present was ‘too busy and congested.”

Mr. Karim reasserted his earlier stance that infrastructure development was the only way to attract investors to industrial parks.

The government would go ahead with its decision to acquire 687.96 hectares of land around the KSIDC park and had sought legal opinion on the matter, he said.

He said a training institute to teach footwear making would come up at the headquarters of the Kinaloor park office.