Kerala Govt may acquire private land for IISST

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Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 27: Kerala Chief Minister V S Achutanandan today said the state government would acquire private land near Valiamala for the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IISST), if adequate government land was not available.

Briefing newspersons on the cabinet decisions here, he said ''we do not have much land in Valiamala. The Revenue Department is looking into it and if adequate 'poromboke' land is not found, the government will acquire private land. Stating that there was no difference of opinion between the government and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Mr Achutanandan alleged that some ''vested interests'' were behind unnecessary controversies regarding the land.

During the discussion, the ISRO officials had agreed on the 70 acres in Valiamala and 20 acres in the Upper sanatorium in Ponmudi, he said.

Asked about the reports that the ISRO had excess land at Valiamla, where the Agencies Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre is located, he said these reports were ''baseless'' and the ISRO would have informed the government, if there was any excess land.

He categorically denied the issuance of a government order for the release of 100 acres of land at Thennur village near Ponmudi. ''I have enquired Revenue Minister K P Rajendran about it, but is not known,'' the Chief Minister added.

However, last week the government had issued an order to handover 100 acres of land at Thennur.


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