LNG pipeline: Govt sitting on compensation fileKochi: The Cochin Port Trust chairman, G Senthilvel, called on chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan at his office in Thiruvananthapuram on June 10 with a request to resolve the pipeline issue for LNG terminal. The terminal, constructed at a cost of Rs 4,000 crore, is operating only at 8% capacity. The underutilization is affecting the CPT's revenues.
With the pipeline connectivity to Mangaluru (via Thrissur and Malappuram) and Bengaluru (via Palakkad), the port will earn an additional Rs 100 crore which will make it come out of its losses. The state government will also earn revenue through value added tax. He also appraised various ongoing and proposed projects in the Cochin Port., especially the development aspects and issues relating to Vallarpadam International Container Transhipment Terminal (ICTT).
The CM assured the state's support to resolve the pipeline issues of the terminal. The CPT team also met finance minister Thomas Issac. The minister has promised to solve road blocks to ensure the growth of the ports development. Issues related to environmental clearances for projects were apprised by the CPT team to the chief secretary, who has promised to look into it shortly.
Hundreds of residents in Kodur and Kavanoor panchayats in Malappuram are bracing for the next round of protests against the LDF government’s move to go ahead with the proposed GAIL gas pipeline project without solving the apprehensions of the villagers. “Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan should visit the places and assess the situation,” says V. Marakkar, one of the affected persons from Kodur.
Hundreds of villagers had prevented the officials of GAIL and the revenue department from proceeding with the land acquisition procedures in Kodur panchayat last year. There are 382 affected families in Kavanoor panchayat where seven km of the gas pipeline is proposed to be laid.
“An assessment study done by the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) had explained the impact of such a project in densely populated area,” says Narayanan Nabeeshan, a lawyer and an affected party in Kavanoor, adding that they would continue their struggle.
LNG is going to have direct impact on us as it pass through the district. I don't know whether to feel happy about its benefits of feel bad about the demerits.New Delhi: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that he has asked Petronet LNG Ltd MD to for a detailed report regarding LNG pipeline project. He said that for discussions Petrononet MD would be visiting Kerala. He was speaking to media persons after meeting Prabhat Singh MD of Petronet LNG Ltd. Meanwhile, Prabhat Singh said that Kerala CM has assured that all obstacles for the project would be removed. He said that the project would be completed within two years.
Autorickshaw drivers displaying the charity banner in Malappuram town.
Hundreds of men employed in public transport sector in the district have set a new trend in charity. The method they adopted to reach out to the poor is widely appreciated by people elsewhere.
They dedicate a day’s work often for the cause of the sick in the district. The sight of buses, autorickshaws and taxis running with a special banner announcing the day’s collection for the treatment of the sick is not rare in the district.
Such news is heard frequently from different parts of the district.
When dozens of autorickshaws plied across the Malappuram town on Monday with a special banner in the front announcing that the day’s collection would go to the treatment fund of Cholasseri Hafsath, it did not evoke much curiosity from the public. But they responded enthusiastically to the cause.
“Malappuram and its people are known for their philanthropic culture. The people respond zestfully whenever there is a genuine case. The charity drives by the bus workers and autorickshaw drivers are a reflection of that culture,” said Kiliyamannil Ajmal, convener of the committee formed to raise funds for Cholassery Hafsath, who is suffering from renal failure.
K. Sharafuddin, one of the 100-odd auto drivers here, said that most passengers put more than their fare in a box kept in the auto. “Very few passengers asked for the balance amount. Donating for a genuine cause touches their heart,” he said.
Last week, the private buses operating from Nilambur to Akampadam, Moolepadam and Erumamunda had raised funds by contributing their day’s collection to help Chelakkadan Riyas, who too has lost both his kidneys.
The owners and workers of the buses joined hands to help Riyas as many passengers did not bother about getting back their balance from the conductors.
The 100-odd services of the nine buses dedicated their day for the cause, inspiring their counterparts elsewhere. Students too have been responding enthusiastically to the cause. “We never avail concession when there is such a special charity driver,” said Mohammed Sadik, a student of Government College, Malappuram.
തിരുവനന്തപുരം∙ മലപ്പുറം കലക്ടർ എ.ഷൈനാ മോളെ മാറ്റാൻ മന്ത്രിസഭായോഗത്തിൽ ധാരണ. എന്നാൽ പകരം നിയമിക്കുന്നതിന് ആളിനെ കണ്ടെത്താത്ത സാഹചര്യത്തിൽ ഇക്കാര്യത്തിലുള്ള തീരുമാനം പിന്നീട് ഉണ്ടാകും. കൊല്ലം കലക്ടറായിരരുന്ന ഷൈനാ മോളെ ഇപ്പോഴത്തെ സർക്കാർ അധികാരത്തിൽ വന്നശേഷമാണു മലപ്പുറത്തേക്കു മാറ്റിയത്. എന്നാൽ എംഎൽഎമാർ അടക്കമുള്ള ജനപ്രതിനിധികൾക്കു വേണ്ടത്ര പരിഗണന നൽകുന്നില്ലെന്നു കലക്ടർക്കെതിരെ സർക്കാരിനു പരാതി ലഭിച്ച സാഹചര്യത്തിലാണു മാറ്റുന്നത്.