Kerala Revenue Minister E Chandrashekharan informed the state assembly today that the Idukki district tops the state in terms of land encroachments. Revenue minister E Chandrasekaran further revealed that 110 acres of government land had encroached in Idukki and that 370 hectares of land have encroached across the state.
Land encroachments in Kerala continue to be a major concern, particularly as encroached land areas reportedly include ecologically fragile areas. On different occasions and recently, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reiterated that the government would take strict action against land encroachments in Munnar, which is in Idukki district.
“The government, in its policy, wants to preserve nature as well as protect people and farmers interests. Therefore, the government plans to bring regulations on tourist resorts in Munnar, as everyone wants the environment not to be impacted and the need of the hour is an environment-friendly building plan,” Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had told reporters recently.
A report by Mathrubhumi.com on May 8, 2017, reported that BJP MPs will visit Munnar to study these land encroachments that have taken place. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting held between the BJP MPs and the party state president Kummanam Rajasekharan.