SilverLine: Survey left halfway in Thavanur; protest in Kadakassery 


Youth Congress and BJP activists also protested against the SilverLine project. Processions were held to district collectorates under the leadership of the Youth Congress.

Protest in Maneed in Ernakulam | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Malappuram: Kochi and Malappuram witnessed heavy protests against the SilverLine project. The survey was left halfway in Kadakassery in Malappuram due to the protest staged by the locals. Police and the locals also got into conflicts over this.

The survey in the Kelappaji College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology in Thavanur was over before noon on Thursday. The protests grew strong as the officers approached the residential area in Thavanur for the survey. As the number of people thronging the area and the protestors grew, the survey could not be completed. The officers decided to move to the Kadakassery area to conduct the survey by considering the situation at Thavanur. When the survey was started in the fields there, the protestors arrived and stopped the process midway. The protestors included children and women.

In Maneed in Kochi, locals formed groups to protest against the laying of stones. The locals shouted slogans saying that they will not give up the agricultural lands when the officers arrived at Maneed. The vehicles of the officers were stopped and the survey procedures were halted. Earlier, Kuzhiyalipadi in Kottayam also saw similar protests.

Youth Congress and BJP activists also protested against the SilverLine project. Processions were held to district collectorates under the leadership of the Youth Congress. The collectorate march in Thrissur and Kozhikode turned messy. The police had to use water cannons in Kozhikode.

The anti-K-Rail committee held a procession to the secretariat headed by Medha Patkar. The Aranmula airport project was cancelled during the last term of the government by considering the protests and common interests of the people. The ones who backed the protests then are not paying any heed to the concerns being raised by people now, Medha Patkar said.

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