Long wait to build houses near Pangode Army camp

Hundreds of people who own land in the vicinity of the Pangode Military camp have been facing much difficulty over the past few years owing to the restrictions imposed on construction within 100 metres of the camp boundary. Among those affected are those owning land in the wards of Pangode, Tirumala, Poojappura and PTP Nagar.

Nanma Koottayma, a collective of residents’ associations of Poojappura, Vivekananda Nagar, Chadiyara, Chithranagar, Vidhyadhiraja Nagar and Cherukara Gardens, have now taken up the fight of the land owners to construct houses. The issues here began with a defence circular issued on May 18, 2011, which imposed restrictions on construction work. For any construction within 100 metres, No Objection Certificates had to be obtained from the camp authorities.

Following uproar from several similar places located near military camps in various parts of the country, the Union Ministry of Defence amended the guidelines for NOC in 2016. The restrictions were limited to 10 metres for 193 military camps and to 50 metres for 149 stations. But, Pangode did not figure in both these lists, with only Kannur getting included from Kerala.

“More than 500 building permit applications are now pending at the city Corporation. Applications for TC numbers for those who have completed construction are also pending. Most importantly, more than 200 applications of LIFE (Livelihood Inclusion and Financial Empowerment) and Pradhan Manthri Awaz Yojana (PMAY) housing project beneficiaries are pending. Many of those who own land here have got them from their ancestors. There are quite a few others who have bought up land for the purpose of constructing houses. All of them are suffering now due to this rule,” says S.Prasannakumar, general convenor of Nanma Koottayma.

Quite a few who have availed loans to buy the land and construct a house are now paying the EMIs, even though they have been unable to begin house construction.

The city Corporation has now written to the State government to take necessary action to circumvent the rule. A representation has also been sent to the Defence Minister through Shashi Tharoor, MP, on the plight of the people here.

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