A team including leaders Suresh Keezhattur and Nambradathu Janaki were sent to New Delhi to bring the issue to the notice of the Centre and form an expert committee to look into it. It was BJP that made this Delhi meeting possible.
Kannur: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has issued the 3G notification of the land taken for NH bypass at Keezhattur, Kerala. Vayalkilis (protesters) have lost all their expectations to save their land.
The protesters saw the notification in newspapers on Tuesday and were caught unawares. All leaders stood against this project.
In the notification issued by National Highway authority, it is also said that owners of the acquired land should be present before authorities concerned with all their land documents.
According to the notification, it is almost sure that there will not be any change in the alignment of the road, fixed earlier. 45 metre wide four-lane road will come up through the middle of 90-metre wide Keezhattur paddy field.
According to estimates, about 10 lakh tonne sand would be needed to fill the paddy field. The CPM had first agitated against the reclamation of the paddy field, but later the locals united under the name Vayalkilis and started the protest. The strike attracted public attention after the protest led by the CPM turned against the LDF government.
Later, environmental organisations and political parties, except the CPM, came out to support the Vayalkilis. The protesters were under the belief that the BJP would persuade the central government to change the alignment of the bypass.
A team including leaders Suresh Keezhattur and Nambradathu Janaki were sent to New Delhi to bring the issue to the notice of the Centre and form an expert committee to look into it. It was BJP that made this Delhi meeting possible. But now, the notification seems to have killed the agitators' hopes.
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Last Updated Nov 27, 2018, 3:20 PM IST