Thiruvananthapuram: Being an ecologically sensitive zone, the use of earth moving vehicles including JCBs, should be avoided in Munnar, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

The decision was taken at the high-level meeting on Friday to discuss the eviction drive in Munnar.

It was also decided to convene an all-party meeting seeking support for the eviction drive.

The revenue officials and police should go hand in hand, the meeting said and suggested forming a district-level coordination committee to oversee the proceedings.

The CM noted that the removal of the cross using poclain machine without consulting the government was inappropriate. The government officials are bound to work for the government. The imposition of Section 144 past midnight and removal of cross without informing police were wrong moves, he said.

The retrieval of encroached land is government’s policy. Such exercise should be carried out with extreme care. District Collector, district police chief and officials should maintain a cordial relationship and meetings should be convened in this regard. Such actions should be carried out after consulting M M Mani, the CPM minister from Idukki district, the CM directed.

Revenue minister Chandrasekharan told officials to take a serious note of CM’s directions while executing evictions.

Those possessing land below 10 cents can be exempted. They should not be targeted. A list of landless people in five taluks in Idukki will be prepared and they will be provided houses under the Life Mission, the minister added.

Apart from CM and Revenue Minister, Power Minister M M Mani, Chief Secretary Nalini Netto, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) P H Kurien, Idukki district collector G R Gokul and Devikulam sub-collector Sreeram Venkatraman attended the meeting.