Stating that Emerging Kerala was for the present and future Kerala, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here in statement that the global event was not a mere exercise to lure investment to the state but a larger venture to obtain ideas, concepts and strategies to take the state forward.
“The event has raised many hopes. Kerala is eagerly waiting for the event. The government will only implement the projects that the people desire and what the state needs,’’ he said here. He said that no development was happening in Kerala despite the vast resources. “It is long since the state has seen an investment. Here only controversies are happening. We need unity rather than controversies. The government is ready to have discussions with all,’’ he said. Stressing that no land would be sold, Chandy said that land would be given on lease only if it was needed. Neither would any procedures be bypassed in giving clearance. All the projects would be implemented only after scrutiny of the investment clearance board and environment clearance. Coming down heavily on the Opposition for its non-cooperation, he said the Opposition had even boycotted the all-party meet.
“All issues could be sorted out through discussions. But they are only trying to scuttle the mega event,’’ the Chief Minister said. Noting that it was for the first time that such a mega event was happening in the state’s history, Chandy said that the event brought together some of the best thinkers, leaders, CEOs and policy makers from 52 countries to a single platform.
The three-day summit which begins from September 12 will also see 2,500 investors. ‘’When the great brains from the world over join together on one platform, Kerala will surely benefit from it,’’ he said.