MUNNAR: CPI(M) MLA MM Mani challenged the Munnar mission team, tasked with identifying encroachments in Munnar. He stated that he will vehemently oppose officials in their efforts to clear the encroached areas.
MM Mani stated that the district collector’s reports, indicating 2,300 encroachments, are not accurate and misinformation. He stated that the district collector’s responsibility is limited to monitoring any new forest encroachments.
Expressing his discontent, Mani criticised officials for causing unnecessary panic among the public by alleging widespread land encroachments. He emphasized that the resorts and hotels in Munnar did not sprout up overnight; they were constructed with the knowledge of the Kerala ruling government.
In a warning, he declared that any officials attempting to investigate encroachments in Munnar would face consequences.