The relay strike which has been going on in front of the Ayiroopara village office since March 5 under the aegis of the People’s Action Council of Kattayikonam has been called off following District Collector Biju Prabhakar writing to the Secretary of Urban Affairs Department to completely exempt Chanthavila and Kattayikonam areas while preparing the master plan if possible or take action for making sufficient amendments.
However, the indefinite fast in front of the Secretariat, which has entered the 14th day, will continue.
“Until the government releases an order fully exempting the Chanthavila and Kattayikonam areas from the master plan, we will go ahead with the hunger strike. As schools are reopening next month, many certificates and other documents have to be availed of from the village office, and that would have got affected if the relay strike had continued,” said Vijayakumar K, a member of the People’s Action Council.
The relay strike was organised demanding the withdrawal of the draft master plan, which had been frozen by the government earlier following people’s protest.
Since then as many as 200 residents, including women, have been sitting for the relay strike outside the village office.
Expressing solidarity with the protesters, the BJP members of the City Corporation will observe a fast from 10 am to 5 pm on Wednesday in front of the Secretariat. BJP state president V Muraleedharan will inaugurate the fast.