HML Land: Government Notice in 2 Weeks' Time - The New Indian Express

HML Land: Government Notice in 2 Weeks' Time

Published: 02nd December 2013 12:24 PM

Last Updated: 02nd December 2013 12:25 PM

The government that has initiated resumption of the lands allegedly in the illegal possession of Harrisons Malayalam Ltd, will serve notice on the company in two weeks’ time for the final takeover of the lands. The special team constituted to resume the lands under the HML’s illegal possession, has completed 95 per cent inspection of the estates in four districts. It is the lands in Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Idukki districts that the special team headed by special officer M G Rajamanickam are surveying as part of document 1600/1923 which was alleged to be forged. The special officer was appointed based on the High Court judgment which had permitted the government to reclaim the lands which are allegedly in illegal possession of HML, by implementing the provisions of the Land Conservancy Act. Stating that the survey of all the three districts have been completed, Rajamanickam said: "The inspection in Idukki was conducted on November 29 and 30. The inspection of the remaining Pooppara and Devikulam regions in Idukki will be completed this week itself, which will complete the whole inspection.’’ Once the inspection is complete, a showcase notice will be served on the company in the second week of December under the provisions of Kerala Land Reforms Acts and rules, asking the company to prove its claims, if any, over the disputed lands, official sources said. The team was entrusted with inspecting a total area of 25630.94 acres of land that comes under the 1600/1923 document. Of this, the HML had sold 6703 acres of land. In Kollam, the team had inspected about 9,500 acres of land. The company had sold Ambanadu estate and Ria estate in Kollam. The team had inspected Kumbazha, Konni and Laha estates in Pathanamthitta that comes to around 3,000 acres. In Kottayam, the team had surveyed 1,500 acres. As per the document, the total extent of land in Idukki comes to around 8000 acres, of which the company had sold about 1700 acres (Boyce estate).

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