Kalanjoor (Pathanamthitta): The local protest against quarrying in Kallipara hills intensified at Elikod. The protestors have built a protest venue near Kallipara. Action Council secretary Ramachandran has begun a hunger strike on Monday.
This is the most populated area in Kalanjoor panchayat. Attempt to build two quarries for the Vizhinjam project is going on. People have been staging protests against this issue at Rakshasanpara and Kallipara.
The revenue department authorities who came for a quarry survey at Kallipara were stopped by the locals. Many anti-quarry protests were organized by environmentalists and residents at Rakshasanpara.
The mining is done for the Adani Group. Presently there are 9 quarries and 5 crushers at Koodal village alone. The residents are protesting against the attempt to build more quarries as part of the Vizhinjam project.
The protest strike announcement was inaugurated by district panchayat member Binilal. Ward member Vipin Thidi presided over the event. Block panchayat member Somarajan, panchayat members Asha Saji, R Santhan, Service Co-operative bank president Mohankumar and others attended the function.