ISRO accepts 70 acres land at Velliayamala
Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): The ISRO on Thursday accepted the 70 acre land allotted by the Kerala government to set up the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology. Ending the controversy over the land allotment, ISRO informed the government that the 70 acres land at Velliyamala offered to it was acceptable.
In a letter to Chief Secretary P J Thomas, ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair said the land was suitable for the Institute and thanked the government for it. The Organisation also asked the government to take steps to hand over the land to it,so that work on the Institute could be started immediately,ISRO offiicals said.
Work at the 20 acres of land sanctioned at upper sanatorium in Ponnmudi also would be started soon, it was stated. Earlier, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan had stated that there was no dispute between ISRO and government over the issue and alleged that a section of the media was behind the controversy.
The ISRO land issue triggered controversy after government objected to the land sale deal for 81 acres between ISRO and a private individual Xavio Mano Mathew of Merchiston Estate, holding that the latter had no right over the land since it belonged to the state as per the Ecologically Fragile Land Act.
The Kerala government later offered 70 acres of land near the organisation's Liquid Propulsions Systems Centre (LPSC) at Velliyamala near here along with the 20 acres at the upper sanatorium in Ponmudi.The Institute now functions in a temporary campus at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.