People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 39

September 26, 2004


 UDF In Dock Over Order On Sand Mining


THE Congress(I) led UDF government of Kerala recently issued sanction for sand mining at Alappuzha seacoast to a private company for 20 years.  This sanction is in clear violation of the promise of earlier chief minister A K Antony and with no consideration of a number of cases pending at the High Court. One will recall that an earlier move regarding sand mining was a matter of widespread agitation under the leadership of V M Sudheeran, a Congress(I) MP from Alappuzha. The agitation was withdrawn on assurance of the then chief minister. Alappuzha coast is having a width of 40 to 50 kilometres and sand mining in this area will cause much hardship to the people and to the eco-system by leaving all these areas in waters.


V M Sudheeran, CPI(M) district secretary M A Baby and others have declared that sand mining in this area would be resisted at all cost. M A Baby said the latest sanction is simply a betrayal of the people who had earlier gone on an agitation on this issue. (INN)