People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 26, 2004
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 The agitation was withdrawn on assurance of the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.
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)