KERALA

GCDA allottees form new association

Row over leasing of space outside the Shopping complex

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The row in connection with the leasing out of space outside the Shopping Complex owned by the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) at Marine Drive took a new turn with the allottees dissociating from the Shop and Office Holders Association (SOHA).

A meeting of the allottees, held at the Complex on Friday, decided to form a new association — Marine Drive GCDA Complex Allottees Association — to improve the situation. However, it was decided to wait till August 24 before registering the new association with the GCDA, as the office-bearers of SOHA promised to take up the issue at a general body meeting to be held on that day.

In a letter dated June 15, the GCDA secretary had told the SOHA that the president and all the committee members of the Association were not original allottees and hence the Authority could not recognise the Association. It had also requested the Association to reconstitute it by including only original allottees. However, the Association officials did not take any action on this letter and Thursday's protest was a move to divert the attention, said representatives of the original allottees. The Association protested against the Authority leasing out space in parking space and passages, citing the reason that it affected the beauty of the building. "The same Association had been collecting rent from banks and other institutions for setting up temporary structures at the parking area. This is a misuse of the common space," said C. Prasad, one of the original allottees.

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