THIRUVANATHAPURAM: It seems the local people in Vilappilsala have begun to lose their trust in their panchayat members. The Janakeeya Samithi, which is on an indefinite strike in Vilappilsala demanding the shutdown of the waste treatment plant, has warned the Vilappil panchayat of a siege, if it doesn’t act upon its words.
According to Janakeeya Samithi leaders, the UDF-led panchayat has been passing resolutions to their content, but not taking any further action.
The Vilappil panchayat, along with Nemom block panchayat, had first passed a resolution in December last year asking the Corporation to shut the plant. Later, it passed another resolution asking the Corporation to procure the licence for the plant or get their electricity connections cut.
‘’A couple of resolutions were passed, which, we believe now, were a mere eyewash. The panchayat officials are hardly following them up; we doubt their intentions,’’ said S Burhan, Janakeeya Samithi president.
It is in this context that the Janakeeya Samithi has approached the panchayat officials seeking further clarifications on some of the earlier details of the plant. ‘’We have asked the panchayat to divulge details of the talks, if any, that were held between the panchayat and the Corporation at the time of the opening of the plant, the minutes of the talks and the factors which were agreed upon between the two local bodies. We have given a Right to Information letter seeking the details,’’ said Burhan.
He said that if the panchayat goes on with its indifferent attitude, the Samithi will lay a siege to the panchayat office.
According to the Janakeeya Samithi leaders, the Assembly elections will not cast a shadow on the intensity of the protest. Whether the parties support or not, they will go on with the strike, the leaders said.
They are now planning to rope in more environment lovers and green campaigners to the protest venue without going after political leaders. Medha Patkar has agreed to visit the protest venue on the 100th day, the leaders said. On Monday, the agitation crossed the 65th day.