KOCHI: Kizhakkambalam panchayat led by Twenty20 has won its battle against the sole Beverages Corporation outlet in the locality. The outlet had downed its shutters on April 1 this year following a High Court order in favour of the panchayat. The present council stands firm in its stand of not rolling back the decision. In its election manifesto Twenty20 listed closure of the Bevco shops as its first priority.
“The outlet has been operating in a residential area. It was not even a commercial building. We had passed a resolution to shut the outlet in the first panchayat council meeting. The only road-block marring our desire is that the case is now pending before the High Court. But the court said that the panchayat can take a final decision in this regard. Hence, we served them notice in March and it remained closed since April 1” said the panchayat president K V Jacob.
The declaration to go dry was made during the victory celebrations of Twenty20 at Kizhakkambalam which was addressed by the chief coordinator of the CSR initiative and managing director of Kitex Garments Sabu Jacob.