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Protest against land acquisition

Thiruvananthapuram Jan. 8. The Joint Action Council of the residents of Attipra village, near Kazhakoottam, has protested against the move to acquire more land from the area in the name of Technopark development.

Addressing a press conference here today, the chairman of the action council and the councillor of the Attipra ward, Attipra Asokan, alleged that the State Government and the Revenue Department officials were supporting this move of some multinational companies with vested interests. When the Government had earlier acquired 4,000 acres from the VSSC for the Technopark development, the residents had raised no objection. However, the present move could not be justified since the residents felt that they would not be benefited by it, he said.

The move to acquire 300 acres more would pave way for the eviction of about 500 families. A major portion of Attipra village had already been acquired by the Government in the name of Technopark development. The filling of paddy fields in the areas already acquired by the Government was causing floods. The Government move to set up an IT village by evicting the residents and causing ecological problems in the area would be strongly opposed, he warned.

Mr. Asokan alleged that the Chief executive of the Technopark, N. Mahalingam, was trying to mislead the people on the land acquisition issue. He said that as many as 158 families from Block 17 in Attipra village and 146 families from Block 18 would be evicted as a result of the proposed acquisition. At the same time, Mr. Mahalingam had come out with a contradictory statement that the 260 acres to be acquired was barren land, Mr. Asokan pointed out.

He urged the Government not to go on with the acquisition of land in Attipra and urged to cancel the Government order issued for acquisition. The Action Council would organise a march from Kulathur to the Technopark on January 8 as a mark of protest.

The Corporation councillor, C. Rajan, the Action council leaders, S. Sivadas and G. Srinivasan, also attended the press conference.

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