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Kerala High Court stays filling of Metran Kayal for tourism project

Methran Kayal, which was handed over to the Malankara Orthodox Church during the time of Pulikkottil Joseph Mar Dionysious-I by Sri Moolam Thirunal, was also called the ‘Seminary Kayal’.According to the Orthodox Church, the area was handed over to some farmers for cultivation during the time of Geevarghese Mar Vattasseril (Vattasseril Thirumeni), in return for a stipulated quantity of rice to be given to the Kottayam Old Seminary.All those who cultivated paddy there were members of the Orthodox Church, except for one Hindu family. All, except the Hindu family, refused to return the land. Then, the Thirumeni asked the Hindu family to keep the land with them.

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KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday stayed the government order to fill vast tract of ecologically sensitive paddy-field and backwaters at Kumarakam in Kottayam, known as methran kayal, for a major tourism project proposed by a private developer.

The Congress government had given nod for reclamation of ‘the methran kayal‘ at the famous tourist destination at Kumarakam three days before the notification for the assembly elections was announced.

The government decision, which amounted to flagrant violation of the Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act-2008, had come under sharp criticism from the Congress itself.

Acting upon the petition of a farmer named Alexander, the bench of Justice Muhammed Mustaq ordered that status quo should be maintained in the issue and banned construction activities at the project site.

Last week, the government had issued an order allowing Chennai-based Rakindo Developers Pvt Limited to fill 376 acres of paddy field and backwaters at Kumarakam for a tourism project worth Rs 1,000 crore.

The government allowed reclamation of the paddy field, disregarding the adverse reports from the departments of agriculture, fisheries, environment and local self governing.

Besides, the Assembly subject committee too had registered its dissent for granting sanction for the proposed tourism project at the cost of paddy fields and backwaters. However, to overcome the objections raised by various departments, the government had got a report from the district collector, which said the proposed site was not suitable for farming.

As the government decision on the eve of election notification became controversial, Congress state president V M Sudheeran publically stated that the decision should be revoked. He said such controversial decisions do not bode well for a government at election times. He urged CM Oommen Chandy and Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash to review the decision taken by the revenue department.

The high court stay came at a time the government indicated that it was ready to revisit the controversial decision. The Opposition had alleged corrupt deal behind the decision.

Methran Kayal Dying a Slow Death

Large areas of the Vembanad lake were transformed into cultivable lands in the beginning of the 19th century, during the reign of Sri Moolam Thirunal, to meet the food requirement of the erstwhile Kingdom of Travancore.

Of these, Methran Kayal, a paddy polder in the Kumarakom panchayat, was the richest land in terms of productivity.

Unfortunately, Methran Kayal has been falling prey to unsustainable developmental activities, which is making land non-cultivable. When cultivated properly, the land had produced more than 10,500 quintal of rice, annually.

Methran Kayal, which was handed over to the Malankara Orthodox Church during the time of Pulikkottil Joseph Mar Dionysious-II by Sri Moolam Thirunal, was also called the ‘Seminary Kayal’.

According to the Orthodox Church, the area was handed over to some farmers for cultivation during the time of Geevarghese Mar Vattasseril (Vattasseril Thirumeni), in return for a stipulated quantity of rice to be given to the Kottayam Old Seminary.

All those who cultivated paddy there were members of the Orthodox Church, except for one Hindu family. All, except the Hindu family, refused to return the land. Then, the Thirumeni asked the Hindu family to keep the land with them.

The Church authorities did not take any legal action against those who held the land against the agreement. Later, an area of around 417 acre went to private parties, which was cultivated until 2006.

Courtsey: The Indian Express /Shaju Philip

3 replies on “Kerala High Court stays filling of Metran Kayal for tourism project”

വലിയ ആളുകള്ക്ക് പറ്റുന്ന അബന്ധം വളരെ വലുതാണ്. സ്വതന്ത്ര ഇന്ത്യയുടെ ആദ്യ പ്രധാന മന്ത്രി ആയിരുന്ന പണ്ഡിറ്റ് ജവഹർലാൽ നെഹ്‌റു കാശ്മീർ പ്രശ്നം ഐക്യ രാഷ്ട്ര സഭയിൽ കൊണ്ട് പോയി. ഇന്നും അത് പരിഹരിക്കപ്പെടാതെ കിടക്കുന്നു.

ആയതു പോലെ, അതി ബുദ്ധിമാൻ ആയിരുന്ന മലങ്കര മേത്രപോളിത പ. വട്ടശേരിൽ തിരുമേനിക്ക് പറ്റിയ ഏറ്റം വലിയ അമളിയാണ് സെമിനാരി കായൽ അഥവാ ഇന്നത്തെ വിവാദ മെത്രാൻ കായൽ.

തിരുവിതാംകൂര് മഹാറാണി പാർവതി ലക്ഷ്മിഭായ് കോട്ടയം പഴയ സെമിനാരിക്ക് സൌജന്യമായി പതിച്ചു നല്കിയ 370 ഏക്കര് സ്ഥലം നെല്കൃഷി ചെയ്യാൻ വേണ്ടി പാട്ടക്കാരെ എല്പിച്ചതാണ് അദ്ദേഹം ചെയ്ത തെറ്റ്. പാട്ടക്കാർ കുടികിടപ്പ് നിയമം അനുസരിച്ച് പട്ടയം ചമച്ചു, ഒടുവിൽ ഫൂമി കരസ്തമാകി. ഇന്നിപ്പോൾ അത് കുത്തകകളുടെ കൈകളിലും എത്തി.

ഇപ്രകാരം, മലയാള മനോരമ ഇന്ന് നിലനില്ക്കുന്ന കോട്ടയത്തെ സ്ഥലവും ഒരു കാലത്ത് മലങ്കര ഓർത്തഡോൿസ് സഭയുടെ വകയായിരുന്നു. കണ്ടത്തിൽ മാമ്മൻ മാപ്പിള, സഭയ്ക്ക് വേണ്ടി തുടങ്ങിയ പത്രമായ മലയാള മനോരമയുടെ ഇന്നത്തെ സ്ഥിതി എന്താണ്? സഭയ്ക്ക് സ്ഥലവും പോയി, പത്രവും പോയി!

ഒരു കാലത്ത്, ഓർത്തഡോൿസ് സഭ വകയായി തുടങ്ങിയ കോലഞ്ചേരി മെഡിക്കൽ കോളേജ്, ആശുപത്രി എന്നിവ
ഇന്ന് ഭരിക്കുന്നത് യശ: ശരീരരായ ശ്രീമാൻ ചക്കൊ പിള്ള, പൈലി പിള്ള എന്നിവരുടെ പിൻഗാമികൾ ഉള്പ്പെട്ട “ട്രസ്റ്റ്”!

മലങ്കര സഭയെ കേഴുക!

THE STORY CIRCULATED SO FAR ABOUT THE METHRAN KAYAL IS WRONG,SAYS DR. M. KURIAN THOMAS.NOW THE CHURCH HAVE NO OWNERSHIP TO CLAIM IT BACK.

PLEASE READ HIS ARTICLE IN MALAYALAM IN THE ”ORTHODOX VISHVASA SAMRAKSHAKAN”(OVSONLINE.IN)

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