Kerala CM calls all-party meeting for consensus on encroachments
in Munnar

TRIVANDRUM - The United Democratic Front (UDF) government has called an all party meeting on June 24 to evolve a political consensus on evicting the encroachments in Kerala’s tourism hot spot of Munnar.

By T.k. Devasia

Published: Fri 17 Jun 2011, 12:23 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 10:33 PM

The cabinet that met here on Wednesday took the decision based on a report submitted by Revenue Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan after visiting the encroached land in different parts of Munnar.

All parties having representation in the State Assembly and Lok Sabha will be invited to the meeting.

“All political parties are against encroachments. We will launch the eviction drive with the support and cooperation of all the parties”, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told reporters after the cabinet meeting.

The eviction drive launched by the previous government had to be called off following resistance from political parties, especially the then ruling communist parties. Chandy said that his government would try to take all the parties into confidence.

M M Mani, Idukki district secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), had even warned that his party men will chop off the hands and legs of those reached Munnar for evicting the encroachers. Mani still maintains that there are no encroachments in the popular hill station.

However, the Chief Minister said encroachers were having a field day in Munnar and surrounding areas. He said that the land mafia was grabbing prime land using farmers and tribal people as cover.

Chandy said that the government may not pull down illegally constructed structures.

The government will take over the encroached land by following the due process of law. He also ruled out formation of a special task force to carry out the eviction.

After visiting Munnar on Tuesday, the Revenue Minister had said that land and resort mafia had encroached on large tracts of land in the ecologically sensitive area.

The minister came across a helipad being constructed at 70 acres of land encroached at Chinnakkanal, a famous tourist spot.

The minister also found a tar road constructed by the local body at Chinnakkanal at a cost of Rs2 million to the encroached land.

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