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Protest against move to reclaim Metran Kayal

http://www.hindu.com/2010/03/23/stories/2010032357420300.htm

23 March 2010

Staff Reporter, Kottayam:

The CPI (ML) Red Flag will launch an agitation against the move by private developers to turn the 450-acre Metran Kayal, one of the largest and most fertile ‘kayal padasekharams' in Kuttanad, adjoining Kumarakom, to a tourist resort.

Speaking to reporters here on Monday, party district secretary M.K. Dileep and State secretariat member Charlse George, said they will join hands with all like-minded people to save the padasekharam.

As per the proposed plan, the Kayal would be turned into a resort complete with an 18-hole golf course, hotels, spa, cafes, restaurants, a street mall and villas.

Formal complaints have been submitted to the Chief Minister, Agriculture Minister, Fisheries Minister, Forest Minister, District Collector, Coastal Zone Management Authority, Biodiversity Board, Pollution Control Board and the Union government.

However, even at a time when the State is facing major challenges in food security area, there had been no effective response from the authorities, they said.

“The Metran kayal padasekharams used to give a return of 20 to 30 quintals a hectare, but had remained fallow for the past two years.” They pointed out that the current policy of depending on tourism as the sole employment generating sector was flawed.