KERALA

Land offered for project

Staff Reporter

Sarovaram project at Kalipoika wetlands

Kozhikode: The Kozhikode Corporation has asked the State Government to take over the land identified for the purpose of establishing the multi-crore Sarovaram project at Kalipoika wetlands.

At a council meeting here on Saturday, the members unanimously adopted a resolution in this regard. The issue was raised by Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) councillor M. Krishnan through a calling attention motion as soon as the council assembled for deliberations in the afternoon. Mayor M. Bhaskaran chaired the meeting.

Construction activities

Mr. Krishnan told the council that a construction company Malabar Hi-lite Builders was planning to develop the land at the eco-sensitive Kottooly region forming part of the Sarovaram Project.

The local people led by activists of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) had blocked tipper lorries from unloading soil brought for reclamation in the area on Friday.

Further construction activities could be prevented only if the State Government took over the land, he said.

Earlier, the corporation denied permission to the construction company to carry out any construction activities in the region.

But the company armed with a verdict from the High Court of Kerala went ahead with the construction process. The council on Saturday also decided to move a petition against the verdict.

Price rise

In another development, the Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) members staged a walk out from the council citing the Mayor's refusal to entertain a resolution by a Congress member P.K. Mamu Koya against rise in prices of essential commodities in the State.

The Mayor said CPI(M) councillor P. Divakaran already moved a resolution on the issue.

The resolution by Mr. Divakaran, however, said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre had failed to take effective measures to curb the rise in prices.

The resolution of Mr. Mamu Koya blamed the State Government for the skyrocketing prices of essential goods.

Mr. Divakaran said the State Government had taken steps to control the prices and also strengthen the Public Distribution System.

V. Prasanna of the CPI(M) raised another issue of people selling water from their wells.