Dissatisfied with talks, Puthuvype residents to continue protest

Residents of Puthuvype said agitation against the proposed IOC LPG terminal will continue till a permanent solution is found.

Published: 22nd June 2017 01:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd June 2017 08:13 AM   |  A+A-

The anti-IOC protests in Puthuvype stood out for the unflinching participation of senior citizens. They say they are not ready to leave the land. A scene from the protest site at Puthuvype in Kochi on Wednesday | K Shijith

By Express News Service

KOCHI: Unhappy with the settlement arrived at the conciliatory discussion called by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday, residents of Puthuvype said agitation against the proposed IOC LPG terminal will continue till a permanent solution is found.  

Xavier, the vice-president of the LPG Terminal Virudha Janakeeya Samara Samithi, said the government’s decision to stop the construction of the LPG Import Terminal, however, was an interim relief to the protesters. He called it a victory to the supporters of the non-violent protests.
“The protests will continue. We trust the committees constituted by the government to look into the issue. We expect their report will be in our favour,” he said.

By noon, the result of the conciliatory talk was communicated to hundreds of protesters camping in front of the proposed terminal in Puthuvype. A large posse of police personnel is also camping at the venue.
“We do not want the IOC plant here. This is a battle for our survival. We are fighting not for ourselves but for our children who have to live here,” said Thankamma, 78, one of the protesters at the pandal.
“The strike will not be called off until the government decides to shift the terminal,” said Sabeena, a BBA graduate and one of the protesters.


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