The New Indian Express, 17 Dec 2014,Thiruvananthapuram: Environmental activist Medha Patkar, who was in the city to offer support to the ‘Nilpu Samaram’ by the tribals, extended her solidarity to the agitation against illegal quarry activities at Mookkunnimala. She offered her support to the Mookkunnimala Samrakshana Samithi, which is spearheading the agitation against illegal quarries in the hill, when the samithi activists called on her last week.
‘’During the meeting with her, she gave all support to the agitation against the illegal quarry activities at Mookkunnimala,’’ Samrakshana Samithi joint convenor Surendra Kumar said. She had expressed her wish to visit the place next year, he said and added that it was only because of the tight schedule that she could not visit the region during her recent visit.
Kumar said that they also endorsed her about the various illegal activities that was happening in the region. She was also presented with all the reports of the High Court, government departments and the Vigilance that had insisted a ban on the quarry activities.
The petition that was handed over to Medha Patkar was handed over to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy when she met him. She also raised the issue with the Chief Minister and demanded quick action against all illegal quarries in the region and even to impose a ban on quarrying so as to save the hill, which is considered to be a lifeline of Thiruvananthapuram city, Kumar said.
The agitation has crossed 200 days and the activists have decided to intensify their protest till all the quarries are closed. In the second phase of agitation, they have decided to take out marches to the houses of all the 23 panchayat members, demanding their cooperation in the agitation.