Eviction drive may begin in Kothamangalam today

Staff Reporter

Land worth Rs.50 lakh recovered in Angamaly town

46 notices issued in four villages

Nearly 6 acres to be attached in Paravur

KOCHI: The eviction drive in Kothamangalam to recover revenue land is likely to begin on Thursday, District Collector A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish said here on Wednesday.

If the eviction drive were to be launched, which an official said was yet to be finalised, it would start from the Kothamangalam town. The taluk officials at Kothamangalam had drawn much flak for the allegedly slow pace of the anti-encroachment drive in comparison to the progress made in other taluks. The officials attributed this to the lack of any survey worth mention in the region in the recent past.

So far the officials have issued 46 notices, spread over four villages of Kothamangalam, Pindimana, Pothanikkad and Varapetty. Besides, the Kothamangalam municipality is actively taking part in the drive. The municipal officials are focusing on building rules violations and have issued notices in many such cases, according to an official.

The anti-encroachment drive extended to the Angamaly municipal limits on Wednesday witnessed six instances of encroachments. Among the 25 shops inspected by the survey teams in the Market Road in the Angamaly town region, three shops were found to be fully on poramboke, while another three shops were partially on encroached area. Though the land encroached upon by the six shops measured up to just around 5 cents, it would be worth Rs.50 lakh, going by the market rate, an official said. Besides, six fresh notices were issued to traders in Desam for an area measuring about 30 cents.

The revenue officials in Paravur taluk are set to embark on a major operation on Thursday, as they plan to attach about 6 acres encroached upon by a group of persons on the middle of the river, in the Karumaloor village. Besides, the officials served 12 notices against encroachments in the area near the Varapuzha market.

In Kanayannur taluk, the survey along the Chilavannur backwater on Wednesday revealed encroachments measuring about 55 cents in the Elamkulam village.

In Muvattupuzha, the revenue officials evicted seven encroachments in the town region, while survey was progressing in the Velloorkunnam region.

In Perumbavur town, which comes under the Kunnathunadu taluk, seven encroachments were evicted in the presence of the officials. Four fresh notices were issued to encroachers in the town region.

In Kochi taluk, 10 cents were found to be encroached upon near the Cherai beach in the Pallipuram village. Apart from this, the focus on Wednesday was mostly on follow-up action on the notices already issued.

46 notices issued in four villages

Nearly 6 acres to be attached in Paravur

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