High-level Meet on ‘enroachments by Karnataka: Minister

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015,21:45 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kannur | Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash today said a high-level meeting would be called soon to discuss the alleged encroachments of Karnataka Forest Department on the banks of Barapol River in Ayyankunnu and Payam Panchayths in Kannur District which was bordering Kodogu District of Karnataka State.
However, he said the land belonging to Kerala State would be protected at all cost.   Talking to newsmen during a district-level revenue survey adalat here today, Minister Adoor Prakash said District Collector Balakiran had visited the area and conducted an on-the-spot examination on February 16 and submitted a report on the issue.
He said the issue was related to two States. So the Government will hold a high-level meeting would soon be convened to discuss it.    There is no need of conflicts between the States and the issues would be amicably settled through mutual understanding.
The Minister also said he would discuss the issue with the Chief Minister and decide up on the date of the high level meeting which needs to be attended by the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary.
Since it is an issue involving two states, there should not be any dispute and the issue will have to be solved amicably.    The Minister also said officials have already talked to Anurag Tewari, the Deputy Commissioner of Kodagu District, regarding the encroachments.
Mr Sunny Joseph, MLA, had raised the issue at the inaugural function of the Revenue-Survey Adalat here today and demanded the encroachments by Karnataka into the state should be halted and the land belonging to the state retrieved.
Delegates of various political parties had pointed out that long stretch of land in Makkoottam and Kootupuzha Area had been occupied by Karnataka Forest Department allegedly by demolishing the Jenda (huge stones used for marking).