Kerala govt to restore 85.21 acres land to tribals
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government
on Tuesday decided to take over two windmills set up on 85.21 acres
of land belonging to tribals, after it was allegedly illegally
occupied by a company in Palakkad district.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told reporters after a
cabinet meeting that ongoing cases against Suzlon Energy Ltd
for illegally occupying the land at Attapaddy would continue
while the land be restored to the tribals.
The government was of the view that the windmills should
be run by the Kerala State Electricity Board and the revenue
accruing from it be shared with the tribals, he said.
However, the tribals would have the final say on the
matter, he said, adding that the government`s intention is
only to benefit them.
Earlier, the government had worked out a package, which
came under criticism from various quarters, where Suzlon was
allowed to function in the area on the condition that it would share revenue with tribal families.
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