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Old June 18th, 2010, 03:19 PM   #81
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Mini airport: second phase review at the earliest

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Kasargod, June 18: There is chance of constructing mini air port at Periya to develop Bekal tourism. Airport will be constructed under the leadership of Bekal Resort Development Corporation (BRDC) and the construction is underway.

The second phase review will be held in the next month. 85 acres of land is being plotted for airport. Out of this, 70 acres of land belongs to revenue department. Airport is being constructed to those flights in which only 50 passengers can travel.

Big hotels are being constructed in these areas. Aiming at the passengers, air group has decided to start the airport here. The estimate cost of the construction is Rs.30 crores. The state government has given permission to construct airport. It is decided to complete the construction in 2 years.
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Old June 24th, 2010, 07:45 PM   #82
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Foundation Stone laid for Textile Open End Spinning Mills

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The foundation Stone for a Textile Open End Spinning Mills at Uduma in Kasargod was laid on June 18, 2010. The new textile mill in Kasaragod will be come up at an investment of Rs. 16 crores.
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Old June 26th, 2010, 06:48 PM   #83
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I would love to see this project to fruition but having seen the recent flurry of laying foundation stones for various projects by ministers in the state , I think its fate is decided before conception. Anyone who is neutral to party lines can easily discard this as a pre election sweetener.

Again, this spinning mill was not at all announced in the budget for 2010-11 then how can a minister lay the foundation stone for a project funded by the taxpayer. Who pays for it?

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Old July 19th, 2010, 12:46 PM   #84
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Survey of land at Kariyamkundu completed

Work on hotel projects on course

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government has decided to construct an airstrip that can receive 50-seater aircraft at Bekal as part of efforts to develop the area into a planned tourist destination, Home and Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told the Assembly on Friday.

Land acquisition

Replying to a submission by K. V. Kunhiraman (CPI-M), the Tourism Minister said the proposed airstrip would be located at Kariyamkundu in Periya village of Kasaragod district. The Revenue authorities had surveyed the land and steps for land acquisition would be initiated after the Cabinet takes a final decision in the matter, he said.

Mr. Balakrishnan said the government had convened a meeting of all stakeholders on May 25 to discuss the issue in view of the difficulty in ferrying tourists to Bakel, which was fast developing into an international tourist destination. The meeting had decided to construct the airstrip so that larger aircraft could land near Bekal. The project was proposed to be implemented with the support of the State-run Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology, he added.

The Minister said several hotel projects were in advanced stages of implementation.

The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) also had decided to set up a hotel in the Bekal resort area. After all the hotel projects are completed, Bekal would have around 1,000 rooms for tourists, Mr. Balakrishnan said.

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Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Vijayakumar told M. Murali (Congress) that the NoRKA secretary was in touch with the Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to ensure safe passage of 48 labourers trapped in labour camps at Al Khobar.

The government would continue all efforts to get the labourers, 26 of who are Malayalis, back home at the earliest, he said.
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Old July 19th, 2010, 11:14 PM   #85
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Good news. This would be a great boost to the eastern side ( NH 17 ) area of the district. Ever since the coastal ( state ) highway was operational the NH 17 side of the district was neglected. Also , Periya recently lost out to another small town when the Central university campus was awarded.
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Old July 20th, 2010, 08:02 AM   #86
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Cheemeni is a good location for the central university. It is better that universities are away from the rush. But the Kasargod IT park could have been located some where near Kasargod town. Proximity to the airport would have been an advantage. Same is the case of Kannur IT park.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 09:07 PM   #87
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Cheemeni is a good location for the central university. It is better that universities are away from the rush. .
Periya is a good choice. We already have Polytechnic, Navodaya Vidyalaya. Century Dental College Poinachy close by. The Central Usty will benefit from these institutions, be it sharing of buildings or facilities. More importantly these minnow institutes would have access to world class facilities of Central Usty. With respect to infrastructure nearby Mylatty Substation and ample water resources from river @ thekkil.
An education hub on the eastern side, Periya would have become the second Vidyanagar in KSD.
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Old August 1st, 2010, 05:42 AM   #88
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Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod

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Periya is a good choice. We already have Polytechnic, Navodaya Vidyalaya. Century Dental College Poinachy close by. The Central Usty will benefit from these institutions, be it sharing of buildings or facilities. More importantly these minnow institutes would have access to world class facilities of Central Usty. With respect to infrastructure nearby Mylatty Substation and ample water resources from river @ thekkil.
An education hub on the eastern side, Periya would have become the second Vidyanagar in KSD.
I would prefer a location along the coast and near to rail and highway. Somewhere near the Bekal fort would be ideal.

BTW, I think the university is not picking up momentum. One thing that determines/defines the quality of an institution is the kind of people recruited at the top in the first phase. Quality people breeds further quality.

University of Hyderabad, another central university, is a clear example in this. Its first VC, Prof. Gurubach Singh, an eminent chemist, brought in world class scientists from abroad to start its schools of sciences. Today, its school of Chemistry is #1 in India in terms of quality of scientific publications.

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Old August 4th, 2010, 01:14 AM   #89
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I would prefer a location along the coast and near to rail and highway. Somewhere near the Bekal fort would be ideal.
I think it was a question of land availability . It was difficult to find vast chunks of land on the coast without people being displaced. Still, Cheemeni is only half an hour drive from Cheruvathur Railway Station.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 05:28 AM   #90
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 11:59 AM   #91
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Nice pictures, coolclt! Thanks for sharing.
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Old September 11th, 2010, 09:51 AM   #92
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State, BHEL sign agreement for joint venture

KOZHIKODE: The signing of an agreement by the State government and the Central public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) on September 8 in Delhi for floating a joint venture in Kasaragod marks yet another major step towards industrialisation of the backward northern Kerala region.

The agreement is for a joint venture involving the BHEL and the Kasaragod unit of the State-owned Kerala Electrical and Allied Engineering Company Ltd. (KEL).

51% equity for BHEL

According to the agreement, the BHEL will have 51 per cent of the equity in the venture and the State government 49 per cent. Officials of the Industries Department indicated that the equity of the BHEL might go up to 74 per cent later.

The BHEL will release Rs.17 crore in the first phase for purchase of machinery and equipment, apart from providing the technical backup for the project.

Asset value

The Kasaragod unit will be taken out of the KEL's control. For the purpose of floating the joint venture, the asset value of the Kasaragod unit had been assessed at Rs.10.5 crore, which will form the equity of the State government in the joint venture.

The venture will initially manufacture traction alternators used in rail engines and generators for wind energy mills. Besides creating several job opportunities, the venture will have the potential for opening up avenues for allied industries, the officials said.

KEL has been manufacturing alternators for lighting and air-conditioning in trains, distribution transformers of various capacities and power transformers. The company is also producing alternators for defence purposes.

KEL, established in 1964, has units in Ernakulam, Olavakode in Palakkad, Kundara in Kollam, Edarikode in Malappuram, apart from the unit in Kasaragod.

Rs.86 crore turnover

The company, which had been running in loss for 15 years, turned profitable in 2006-07. That financial year, it posted a turnover of Rs.86 crore and made an operating profit of Rs.1.2 crore. In 2009-10, the turnover was Rs.104 crore and the profit Rs.1.40 crore.

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Old November 5th, 2010, 05:23 AM   #93
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Big Bazaar opens their new outlet in kasargod.........saw their ad in today's mathrubhumi !!
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Old November 18th, 2010, 06:19 PM   #94
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The sad fate of Air India Express passengers was reportedly due to the Pilot dozing off before landing, as media leaks indicate.

There is no discussion about the service improvement of AI express would bring in, the fight in Mallu Land is about the location to set up Air India Babus office.

If Sense prevails on AI babus and they become more responsible if they start operating from Kerala's either of the First or Second cities, that will be MAGIC ....
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Old December 1st, 2010, 12:43 PM   #95
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Cheemeni project to brighten Kasaragod's prospects

Government asked to hand over land to KSIDC
2,500-MW plant expected to address power shortage

Rehabilitation plan drawn up

Kasaragod: The proposed gas-based mega power project at Cheemeni is expected to boost industrial development in the relatively backward region of the State.

The Cabinet gave its approval for the project on Tuesday.

The decision to set up the 2,500-MW power project has been hailed by various sections of society as it would solve the acute power shortage faced by the State.

Land identified

The district administration has already identified 2,000-acre land, now vested with the Plantation Corporation of Kerala, and submitted a proposal to the State government to hand over the land to the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC), Deputy Collector (L/R) H. Dineshan said.

The administration has also located land to rehabilitate 43 families residing there and another 20-odd people who are engaged in cultivation. The process can be initiated soon after the fund is earmarked for the project, he said.

The Public Works Department has already conducted a survey for valuation of the houses and property and submitted it to the State government, the Cheemeni village officer said.

MLA hails decision

Manjeshwaram MLA and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader C.H. Kunhambu has welcomed the decision to set up the gas-based power project at Cheemeni. He said apprehension about environmental hazards that could be caused by a coal-based power project, which was mooted earlier, had been allayed. The CPI(M) had opposed the proposal for a coal-based mega thermal project on grounds that it could cause serious environmental hazards, including global warming, thereby posing a threat of health hazards due to the presence of carbon in the atmosphere.

Opposition

However, environmental activist P V Sudhir Kumar, an office-bearer of the Anti-Endosulfan Campaign Committee, who has been fighting the cause of Endosulfan victims in the district, asserted that his organisation would not allow shifting of families of Endosulfan victims residing at Cheemeni.

The government asserts that it is in favour of banning the use of Endosulfan by taking up organic farming while at the same time it is toying with the idea of setting up industrial units in an area blessed with rich biodiversity.

The government should clearly state its stand on its earlier proposal to have a coal-based mega thermal project so that apprehension among the people is allayed. If the Government has any proposal to incorporate the coal-based project, the ongoing agitation against the project would be intensified further, he said.
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Why the hell this environmental terrorists relates a thermal power plant with Endosulfan? What kind of bio diversity he is talking about? There is only dry grass and cashew trees in Cheemeni. These opportunists are always after money and cheap publicity.
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Why the hell this environmental terrorists relates a thermal power plant with Endosulfan? What kind of bio diversity he is talking about? There is only dry grass and cashew trees in Cheemeni. These opportunists are always after money and cheap publicity.
Perhaps is the lack of finesse on the part of local mobilisation which you term has environmental terrorists that is clubbing endsulphan and thermal plant.
Tourism industry of Northern Malabar has not discovered this beautiful sleepy hamlet of Cheemeni in Kasargod

The laterite hilloks in Cheemeni is featured in many a research papers. This is ecologically fragile region which needs to be protected.
A thermal powerplant will exploit the abundant water resources of the region.The media coverage of stiff resistance seen in Athirapally power project however is not seen in Cheemeni bio diversity belt.

I chanced upon this Article from Google search,please check the link for details.

Abstract is given here.

The Kavvayi river emerges from Cheemeni village at an elevation
of 114 m above MSL near Velichamthodu at the North-Eastern
portion of the watershed. The river flows to the Kavvayi backwaters
at an elevation of less than 3 m.

Kavvayi river basin is situated in the former ‘Kuvvoy’ Taluk of Malabar
Province. It was the northernmost taluk of Malabar. The capital of the
Taluk was Kavvayi. William Logan named it as Kavvil City. He also named
Kavvayi river as Ezhimala river which formed the northern boundary of
Payyanur village. Payyanur is one among the 64 villages established by
Parasurama for the settlement of Brahmins whom he brought to Kerala.

The Kavvayi watershed boundary is formed by Hosdurg Taluk of Kasaragod in the North, Kannur and Taliparamba Taluk in the South, Hosdurg and Taliparamba in the East and the Lakshadweep Sea in the west. The watershed has a total area of 164.76 square km, covering 14 villages spread over 9 local bodies in the two districts.


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This place is fast developing into a Knowledge centre of North Malabar. Already Cheemeni has College of Applied Science, and also an engineering College.
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Old December 4th, 2010, 03:46 PM   #98
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Every place has got it's own pros and cons!!!,Initially the govt was planning to allot this place in cheemeni for the central university sanctioned to kerala,but later they dropped that plan and decided to allot land in some other part of kasaragod,the university officials who visited the other part were not satisfied with it primarily because of the rocky terrain and poor road connectivity ,now even months after the inauguration of the university,the govt have'nt been able to finalize the permanent place for the university!!!!!

This has always been the problem with kerala ,,when some major development projects are going to happen some fake environmentalists and politicians come up with such nonsense issues if the power plant in cheemeni is completed,it could solve the power shortage problems of entire malabar region and could lead to the overall development of cheemeni and nearby areas!!!,,,why are these people not understanding???? if you want to find a place where there is no bio-diversity,less human inhabitation,good road connectivity etc,,,you probably will have to search somewhere in the outer space!!!!

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Well said. They wont even allow a gas based thermal power plant in Cheemeni. I have seen this biodiversity of Cheemeni. Verum mottakkunn aan.

"laterite hillocks have been appeared in research papers. needs to be protected." Thengakola. These guys wont have any problem when the same laterite rocks are cut out to build their own houses. What wrong will happen to the laterite stones if a thermal power plant is built there? There is an engineering college and an applied science college. Those are the only human presence there. Where will those engineers get a job if these terrorists wont allow any development in our state?

These hypocrites have to be stripped of the polyester clothes they are wearing. They should not be allowed to use cars and buses which burns hydrocarbons. They should not be allowed to live in concrete houses built with sand mined out of rivers. They should not use mobile phones producing radiation. They should not use electricity produced from thermal, nuclear or hydro power plants. Otherwise what kind of environmental conservation they are talking about? They enjoy all the benefits of industrialization and oppose the same thing in their own place. Where the hell were all these people when deadly pesticides where sprayed in those villages for decades?
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Aslesh,you are right!!!!!.......Its high time that the people of kerala understand the real motives of this so called 'paristhithi snehikal' ,,,,,they might not have even heard of cheemeni before it was in news,,,,,,and then all of a sudden, out of nowhere,,, they bring out these nonsense issues regarding bio-diversity and all !!!!
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