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Ramesh Chennithala seeks probe into Chakkitapara mining issue

Ramesh Chennithala seeks probe into Chakkitapara mining issue

Thiruvananthapuram: KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala has come out demanding a probe into the alleged irregularities in granting licence by the previous LDF government to a private firm to mine iron ore from an area forming part of Western ghats and demarcated as ecologically sensitive in the Kasturirangan report.

In a letter to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday, Chennithala stated that the Congress workers were unhappy in the delay the UDF government was making in ordering an investigation in the case. “Further delay in ordering a probe will create misunderstanding among people,” he says in the letter.

The Congress leader is also all set to visit the area on Saturday.

Chennithala had on Tuesday rebuffed the stand of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on the issue. “The government says it will discuss the matter in the UDF first then will order investigation. That is unacceptable. The delay in ordering a probe even after the issue came to light two weeks ago cannot be justified and government should order a probe immediately,” he told reporters.

The proposed mining site at Chakkitapara has been demarcated as ecologically sensitive area in the Kasturirangan report on Western Ghats.

The clearance was given in 2009. The issue came into the limelight recently when a team of officials from the company reached the site to conduct a survey prior to mining.

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