technopark: the district administration is moving forward with land acquisition works | Thiruvananthapuram News

Thiruvananthapuram: As the district administration moves ahead with the acquisition of land for the construction of the Technopark Phase 3 access road to the national highway, the local protest may have a chilling effect on timely completion of the project.
According to the project, 19.84 ares of land must be acquired in the village of Attipra for the construction of the access road. The committee of experts who looked into the social impact assessment (SIA) study had noted certain incongruities in the study conducted by the Center for Advanced Research in Health and Human Behaviour.

The study report showed that five families would be affected by the project. However, the expert committee noted that the site inspection revealed that only one family would be affected.
The study report raised concerns over protests from landowners and that they all raised the claim that the development could be carried out without leaving an impact on residents.
The study team felt that land acquisition was impractical here. A social impact mitigation plan was also not prepared on the grounds that it was not relevant.
The panel noted that while the study report mentioned other ways to construct an access route reported during the public hearing, such suggestions were not included in the final report. The study team also reported that details of the land and owners were also unavailable due to protests.
However, the technical member of the expert committee who is also a Technopark official said that the third phase aims to give work to 20,000 people at first and in the next 5 to 6 years, 50,000 people will receive a job. use. Currently, a road is available in some areas, including the Special Economic Zone (SEZ).
Anticipating the increase in the number of employees and vehicles, this road could experience heavy traffic and traffic jams and the only way to solve this problem would be to build an access road from NH to the SEZ, the member noted.
The committee of experts, on the basis of these observations, had concluded that it was essential to acquire the land for the development of the road. He however raised concerns about the SIA study and recommended whether it was possible to make a decision based on the study report as it was incomplete.
The collector sanctioned the acquisition of the land following an inspection of the site by the assistant collector (LA) and on the basis of the report of the committee of experts. In the decree sanctioning the acquisition of the land, it was mentioned that this land is suitable for the project and that other alternatives are not possible.
Sreedevi, councilor for Attipra ward, said the local protest is a major concern.
“Residents say that every time they have donated land for Technopark development, they have been treated unfairly. They demand the real market value of their land,” said Sreedevi, who was a member of the expert committee.