Govt ready to provide land for Space Institute: Achuthanandan

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Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 24 (UNI) The Kerala government is ready to provide 200 acres of land to set up the 'Space Institute,' Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan said today.

Talking to reporters after a cabinet meeting, he, however, said the Indian Space Research Organsiation (ISRO) should not insist on the land that they had entered into a deal with Merchiston Estate owner at Ponmudi.

The ISRO wanted 80 acres for establishing the Space Institute and the government was ready to provide 200 acres, he added.

Stating that the government had no liability in the deal between the ISRO and a private estate owner, the Chief Minister said the government could not also involve in it as the matter was now in the court.

''We have asked the ISRO to identify a proper land and the government is ready to provide it,'' Mr Achuthanandan said.

On the ongoing lorry strike, he said the Ministers concerned would hold discussions with the lorry owners and the issue would be resolved soon.

Referring to the Doctors' strike for a pay revision, he said the Health Minister, after discussion with the Finance Minister would take an appropriate decision.

Mr Achuthanandan said President Pratibha Patil during her maiden visit to the state on November one, would be attending the 'Clean Kerala Mission' and also inaugurate a project to provide scholarships to 10,000 children.

The Chief Minister requested the BJP to call off their 'hartal" (strike) on November one during the President's one-day visit in the state.

UNI

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