KOZHIKODE: There is no sign of end to the violence in the politically sensitive Kannur, which witnessed a couple of political murders in the recent past. But, the bloodshed would not be affecting the developmental dream of the district as the CPM leadership is all set to take up long-pending projects, which are expected to create employment opportunities and additional investment, with the LDF government.
"The incidents of violence are not going to be a roadblock for the developmental activities in the district. The party leadership and its elected representatives are giving due consideration to developmental activities. Efforts are already on to complete many dream projects in the district, which have been pending for a while," says P K Sreemathi, Kannur MP.
IT Park at Eraman
Foundation stone for the much-touted IT park was laid by former chief minister V S Achuthanandan in February 2011. But, the project, which is expected to provide jobs to nearly 10,000 people once it becomes fully functional is getting delay on account of uncertainties in land acquisition. Though, around 25 acres of land has been acquired, the park faces issues related to SEZ status. It was planned to complete the first phase of the project in 2014 and NABARD has already sanctioned a Rs 20-crore loan for the project.
Kannur International Airport
The project faced many roadblocks from the beginning on account of various reasons, mainly delay in land acquisition. The 1800-crore airport, is being constructed at Mattannur in Kannur. The work on the project is now on track. But, land acquisition may hit the project. Out of 2061 acres of land planned for the project, the authority could take over only 1,277 acres till now. Uncertainty still remains over the 225.72 acres of land which is under acquisition. If the project is executed in time, NRIs from North Kerala will be able to take off from the airport in a couple of years.
The Azhikkal port
Azhikkal port, one of the natural ports in the State, is expected to give a major boost the development of the entire North Malabar. The land acquisition works have already been completed. But, lack of adequate funds has hit the further development of the port. Though a DPR was approved by the previous LDF government, the authority failed in taking follow-up works. Meanwhile, the Centre has promised to include the port works under the Central government’s Sagarmala scheme after completing the first phase works.
Kinfra Park in Nadukani
Inaugurated in April, 2010, the unit is expected to generate direct employment opportunities to around 10,000 people when it becomes full-fledged. Though it was planned to purchase 101.17 hectares of land for future expansion of the centre, land acquisition has been facing uncertainty for a while.