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Residents to step up stir against restrictions

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Pangode residents’ sit-in from Friday

The Nanma Koottayma, a collective of hundreds of people who own land in the vicinity of the Pangode military camp, has decided to step up their protest as the restrictions imposed on construction activities in the area have remained unchanged, even after a series of protests and memorandums submitted to the Defence Ministry through MPs and MLAs.

Those who own land in Poojappura, Vivekananda Nagar, Chadiyara, Chithra Nagar, Vidhyadhiraja Nagar and Cherukara Gardens have been facing much difficulty over the past few years owing to the restrictions on construction within 100 m of the camp boundary.

The protest began an year ago, when applications for TC numbers and building permits from the area began to be denied, citing the restrictions.

The residents had sent several memorandums through people’s representatives.

‘Not applicable’

Last year, in a reply to MP Shashi Tharoor’s request, the Defence Ministry made it clear that exemptions that were provided to construction on land near some military camps would not be applicable here.

“We have now planned to stage a sit-in in front of the AG’s office at Statue from 4.30 p.m. on Friday. People’s representatives and activists will participate. We will try everything we can to get this done. Minister for Local Self-Governments has agreed to write a letter to the Defence Ministry regarding this,” said S. Prasannakumar, general convener of Nanma Koottayma.

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