Government set to take over Officers’ Club in city

Published: 19th December 2012 10:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th December 2012 10:47 AM   |  A+A-

The authorities have launched steps to recover the government land at Vellayambalam leased out to the  Officers’ Club, Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash told the Assembly on Tuesday.

The club had defaulted on lease payments to the tune of Rs 40,16,601 up to March 31 this year. Privately run, the Officers’ Club is situated on 22 cents of land owned by the Revenue Department.

Following a High Court order, the District Collector was asked to take appropriate action. A demand notice was issued to recover the arrears and on April 26, 2012, the club was slapped with a seizure notice. The District Collector has submitted a report recommending recovery of the land, the Minister said in a written reply to the House. The government is examining this report, the Minister said.

Sand pass: Government to act tough

Alarmed by the incident where a vehicle sporting the number of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s official car was issued a pass for transporting river sand, authorities are now keenly monitoring the issuing of the passes.

Steps have been taken to prevent such incidents in future, Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash told the Assembly on Tuesday. For obtaining the pass, a private firm at Parassala had not only used the registration number of the CM’s car, but also submitted the residential address of Parassala MLA R Selvaraj!

This came to light during an examination of the records of SS Anugraha Traders, Inchivila, Parassala, and those of the Commercial Tax Office, Neyyatinkara. The pass was issued for transporting a load of sand.

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