Villagers and Eco-groups Protest in regard of Panamaram Airport

Published on: 10 Oct, 2013
Published under: Wayanad District News

9 October 2013

Protests by villagers and eco-groups are mounting against the alleged move of the government to set up a feeder airport at Cheekkalloor, near Panamaram, in the district. The government has convened a meeting of senior officials of various departments and representatives of three-tier local bodies at the collectorate conference hall here on Friday to discuss the issue further.

Farmers of the Cheekkalloor, Eranelloor, Mecherry areas in Kaniyampetta and Panamaram grama panchayats under the aegis of Krishi Bhoomi Samrakshana Samiti is planning to take out a march and stage a dharna in front of the collectorate here on the same day in protest against the proposed project.

E.N. Gopalakrishnan, president of the Samiti told that if the government went ahead with the proposed project, the villagers would launch a series of agitations against the move.

Though the project would affect farmers the most, their representatives had not been invited for the meeting, he said. Many of the inhabitants of the area were traditional farmers and cultivate two crops, namely Nanja and Punja, on the land by utilising the water from the Cherupuzha River, a tributary of river Cauvery, he said .


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