Vizhinjam port protest: Cabinet sub-committee to meet protesters at 5:30 pm today

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The police vehicle that was destroyed by the Vizhinjam protesters | Photo: S Sreekesh/ Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The talks to end protests against the construction of Vizhinjam port did not end on Monday. The Cabinet sub-committee would meet the protesters at 5:30 pm on Tuesday after discussion with the chief minister.

In the meeting, an agreement could not be reached regarding the protestors’ demands to stop the construction, conduct a study and withdraw the cases related to the protest.

The protesters had demanded Rs 8,000 per month as rent for those who lost their houses and were living in rented houses. But the government had announced that it would provide Rs 5,500. This issue was resolved as the amount was increased to Rs 8,000 after the construction company agreed in writing to provide the balance of Rs 2,500 per month from their corporate social responsibility (CSR) fund.

Talks are being conducted under the leadership of Cardinal Baselios Cleemis. The previous day, he held discussion with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. On Monday, minister Antony Raju visited the cardinal at the bishop house in Pattom.

Following this, Latin Archdiocese Archbishop Thomas J Netto and protest committee convenor Eugene Perera held talks with the cardinal.

Later, the sub-committee led by ministers K Rajan, V Abdurahiman, Antony Raju, Ahammed Devarkovil, V Sivankutty and GR Anil held talks. The ministers also had a meeting with the chief minister but they could not reach a consensus.

The sub-committee was to hold a meeting with the protest council on Monday evening but it did not take place.

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