Staff Reporter

Malabar Chamber of Commerce submits memorandum to Chief Minister

  • Chamber says the move is discriminatory
  • Says the MCC will be forced to join protest programmes

    KOZHIKODE: The Malabar Chamber of Commerce has flayed the reported decision of the State Government to wind up the Calicut Development Authority (CDA) and thereby deny the region its due share in planned development.

    In a memorandum to Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and Minister for Local Self Government, Paloli Mohammed Kutty the chamber argued that the decision was discriminatory to the people of the region while no such move has been made with regard to two other similar urban development bodies such as the Greater Cochin Development Authority and Thiruvananthapuram Development Authority.

    K.P. Aboobacker, secretary, MCC, said that the move to wind up CDA comes close on the heels of shifting the headquarters of the Kerala Urban Development Financial Corporation (KURDFC) from Kozhikode on totally unjustified ground, and amounted to denying the Malabar region its due recognition.

    By winding up the CDA, the 12 grama panchayats in the periphery of Kozhikode city that do not fall within the limits of the city Corporation would be denied their due share in developmental planning, it was pointed out.

    The MCC would have no other option than to be part of the protest programmes planned if the Government goes ahead with its move to wind up the CDA.