'People with vested interests behind land controversy': CM

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Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 18 (UNI) Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan today said people with vested interests were behind the recent controversy over the land in Ponmudi for setting up of a Space Institute by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Talking to newspersons after the cabinet meeting, he said the ISRO had not exerted pressure or served any letter to the government for providing land in the Ecologically Fragile Land (EFL) at Ponmudi estate.

However, the ISRO officials had demanded some land at the Upper Sanatorium in Ponmudi, he said.

The Chief Minister said a sub-committee with Revenue Minister K P Rajendran, Law Minister M Vijayakumar and Chief Secretary would seriously look into the matter.

Stating that the government had not held any formal discussions with the ISRO officials in this regard, he said only informal talks were held so far.

The government would provide the required land to the ISRO for setting up their institute, he added.

UNI

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