KERALA

Land acquisition to be expedited

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The Kochi Corporation has decided to expedite the land acquisition process at Brahmapuram for establishing a solid waste treatment plant.

The Corporation has already 36 acres at Brahmapuram and had decided to acquire 66 acres more when local residents protested against the dumping of garbage in the first plot. Even though the District Collector had fixed the price for the land to be acquired, the residents are now demanding 30 per cent solatium and price for the trees in the acquired plot.

Confusion still remains about the price for the reclaimed land and the Corporation is awaiting experts from the Agriculture Department to fix prices for trees in the plot, S. Sudarshan, Corporation Secretary told the Council.

However, 25 people have come forward with their title deeds. Drafts have been readied and registration will be made soon, he said.

The land can be acquired as soon as the price for trees is finalised, said K.D. Vincent, chairman, Town Planning Committee.

The Council also felt that the land already available should be used to dump the garbage, as collection and disposal of garbage has become a major crisis in the city. Most of the councillors were for seeking support of the police, if necessary, to go ahead with using the available plot.

Deputy Mayor A.V. George chaired the session. N. Venugopal, A.B. Sabu, T.J. Vinod, K.M. Hamza Kunju, C.K. Gopalan, K.H. Khalid, David Parambithara, K.J. Antony and P.N. Seenulal spoke.

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