Govt issues order to shut land acquisition offices of SilverLine, officials to be redeployed 

K Shaji

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Alappuzha: The special tehsildar offices across eleven districts and a deputy collector’s office in Ernakulam solely set up for the proceedings of land acquisitions for SilverLine project have been shut. The state government issued an order redeploying the officials serving in these offices.

The redeployed officers were given charge of acquiring land for the projects under the Department of Public Works and KIIFB.

The Kerala government published the order shifting 205 posts in the Department of Revenue to the Kerala Rail Development Corporation (K-Rail) on August 18, 2021. The state government directed the land revenue commissioner to redeploy officials as the Centre refrained from issuing approval for the project.

The special tehsildar offices in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kottayam districts were converted into land acquisition units for outer ring road project while the Pathanamthitta district office shifted into KIIFB land acquisition unit.

The offices in Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kannur and Kasaragod will operate for the land acquisition works of KIIFB and similar agencies. As many as 6 posts in Alappuzha were entrusted with special tehsildar offices for land accession and 12 posts reserved for the Public Work Department works in the Ernakulam district.

The 12 posts in Malappuram have been maintained for the functioning of the Public Works Department in the district while 6 posts were set aside for Thrissur. In Kozhikode, 11 posts were given away for the PWD and 7 posts were allotted to Kannur.

Six out of the seven posts in Ernakulam special deputy office were merged with the land acquisition special deputy tehsildar office in Kottayam. A fresh release will soon be published to redeploy the deputy collector post.

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