Demand strengthens to place Grasim land to higher use

Trees and shrub have taken over the site where the massive factory of Grasim Industries stood at Mavoor. File photo

Timber and shrub have taken over the positioning the place the huge manufacturing unit of Grasim Industries stood at Mavoor. File photograph

The residents of Mavoor in Kozhikode are executed with the lengthy await one thing helpful to occur on the 400 acres of land that belonged to the erstwhile Gwalior Rayons (Grasim Industries). A gathering convened by the grama panchayat lately determined to take issues ahead by way of intense protests and political intervention.

It has been 20 years for the reason that manufacturing unit shut down on account of widespread protests on grounds of the air pollution it had precipitated. Since then the native folks have been asking for a non-polluting business to return up within the now vacant land. However nothing has materialised up to now.

“Of the 400 acres, 250 acres have been acquired by the State authorities and have been handed over to Grasim Industries. Most of us had contributed land, again in 1964 for the corporate that supplied employment to round 50,000 folks”, stated P. Ummer, president, Mavoor Grama Panchayat, who had lately chaired an all social gathering assembly, involving merchants and different stakeholders as nicely, to debate an motion plan for the Grasim land.

“We would like the corporate to both begin a brand new business there or hand over the land again to the federal government. If neither can consider one thing, we’ve nicely educated folks on this Panchayat who’re keen to begin an business, if solely they’d sufficient land”, Mr. Ummer stated.

In the meantime, the land in query is now coated with overgrown timber and shrubbery. “We requested the corporate a number of instances to scrub up the plot, however to no impact. Drug offers and even murders are happening in that plot the place the grama panchayat has no entry to”, the anchayat president stated.

Mavoor as soon as was once the panchayat with the best income in Kozhikode district. With the manufacturing unit shut down and curbs on sand mining, it’s now searching for income by way of tourism tasks.

The shortage of land has resulted in proposals for 2 main instructional establishments slipping out of its palms and the panchayat thinks that entry to the Grasim land can be an answer to most of its troubles.

The panchayat, with different stakeholders now plans to ship memorandum to all ministers and MPs, aside from conducting a march to the Grasim workplace to press its demand.

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