Government supports private mining firm

Saturday 23 February 2019 6:08 pm IST


Alappuzha: No action for retrieving the land acquired illegally by a private firm which makes a huge profit through mineral beach-sand mining. The decision, to issue an order by the Taluk Land board to recover the 45 acres of land worth crores of rupees from the illegal possession KREML, a company owned by Sasidharan Kartha, has been obstructed.


The district collector of Alappuzha informed that he was unaware of the fact and therefore, an urgent instruction has been issued to recover the excess land from them. Stating that it was under the consideration of the court the company authorities refused to respond. Mr. Sasidharan Kartha had purchased acres of land in Arattupuzha area in his company’s name. Many complaints about illegal possession and breach of limit filed soon after the deal. 


Karthikapally taluk land board, under which the controversial land includes, initiated inquiries based on the complaints.  They found after many years of inquiry the possession of 45 acres of land as illegal as against 15 acres of the rightful possession


Based on the recommendations Taluk Land Board has conducted a hearing as per the Kerala Land Development Act, 1964 and decided to recover the excess land from the company.


The last hearing in the case was conducted on 30 April 2018.  Atul Swami Nathan, the then Chairman of Taluk Land Board and Land Revenue Deputy Collector, recommended in his file note, to prepare a draft order based on the hearing. He mentioned in his note that notice to be served to the company to describe the details of land to be excluded at the time of recovery. The fourth day after the decision Atul has been transferred and entrusted the duty in connection with by-election of Chengannur. Nothing happened after that in this case.