Separate authority to regulate construction sought
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State president Kummanam Rajasekharan has called for a stop to all constructions in Munnar and sought separate rules aimed at protecting its ecology.He was talking to reporters after visiting the land allegedly encroached upon by Communist Party of India (Marxist) leaders in Munnar town. He said over 500 acres of government land had been encroached upon by the land mafia. He said the government had no proper records on Revenue land and those under government agencies. This, he said, had prompted the ‘mafia’ to encroach upon the land. Mr. Rajasekharan demanded an inquiry by the CBI to bring to book the real encroachers. If the encroachment upon land and illegal constructions continue to be permitted, the ecology and climatic conditions of Munnar would soon change. This was what happened in Ooty, he said and added that in order to avoid a natural catastrophe, a separate authority should be created to sanction construction activities in Munnar.
Mr. Rajasekharan alleged that there was a move to shift the Devikulasm Sub-Collector who had intervened in land encroachment cases.A large stretch of land had been encroached upon at Ikka Nagar and the area should be declared ecologically sensitive, he added.Mr Rajasekharan said there were provisions for the Union government to intervene considering the ecological sensitivity of Munnar. A report will be submitted the Centre detailing the land encroachments and illegal constructions in Munnar and adjoining areas, he said.The BJP leader also visited areas on the banks of Muthirapuzha River where illegal constructions have been reported and at Pallivasal where a rock fallen from a hilltop had damaged boundary wall of a resort.