Continuing their protests against the authorities’ move to acquire the St Albert’s College ground for Kochi metro, the KCYM Archdiocese of Verapoly staged a bike rally from the college to the ground on Sunday.
The bikers, with ‘spare’ scrawled on their T-shirts, took to the streets seeking the KMRL to back away from their plans to establish the Metro operation control centre (OCC) at their ground. KCYM organisers said there had been no assurances from the KMRL officials till now.
“We won’t settle for any other piece of land because we were not compensated properly earlier when 7.5 acre of our land in the city was acquired for another purpose.
Also, we will be left with little land after the metro acquisition which might affect our UGC accreditation,” said Shine Antony of KCYM Archdiocese of Verapoly.
If the authorities plan to compensate land for us, it should be within the city itself. “Places out of the city won’t be acceptable for us as it will not serve any purpose,” Shine Antony added. Hibi Eden MLA flagged off the bike rally. The KMRL authorities may call up a meeting in this regard in the coming days.