'Yet to Receive Official Communique'

Even as reports that the Supreme Court has given an ultimatum to the state government to demolish the illegal construction

Published: 22nd February 2014 08:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd February 2014 08:27 AM   |  A+A-


Even as reports that the Supreme Court has given an ultimatum to the state government to demolish the illegal construction at Aluva near Periyar river, Mazhavil Restaurant and the building constructed by District Tourism Promotion Council(DTPC) fly thick and fast, the district administration is apparently unaware of any such development.

The District administration maintains that it did not receive any official communication.  “We are yet to receive any official communication in this regard,”, District C Collector M G Rajamanickam told ‘Express’.

The Aluva Municipality had reclaimed a part of the Periyar in 2005 and the DTPC decided to construct a restaurant. The state government sanctioned `55.72 lakh to build the restaurant and to beautify the park at the Manappuram.

However, the Supreme Court in July 2013, taking cognizance of a petition filed by the Association for Environment Protection, Aluva, had ordered the demolition of the restaurant within three months .  DTPC and the  Tourism Department, “in the light of the parameters required to be kept in view for protection of environment of the area and the river, conveniently avoided the scrutiny of the project,” the court had observed in the order.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kochi news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp