Thursday, May 24, 2007

Cochin Demolitions

This is a special post for the benefit of several people who have visited this blog searching for details of the demolition of the encroachments along Cochin’s (India) commercial hub, MG Road. The position as I understand from the Malayala Manorama of date is:
  1. The merchants had petitioned the State government that they were not given reasonable time to vacate the encroachments. The Cabinet which met yesterday decided to grant one week period to the offenders to clear out. Consequently, the District Collector issued a notification to this effect.
  2. So far the area from Madhava Pharmacy at the north end of MG Road to the Shenoy Junction has been cleared using machines. These include the space used by Jayalakshmi Silks for parking, and the ticket counter and western compound wall of Shenoys Theatre. The eastern compound wall of Hotel Abad Plaza has also been demolished.
  3. Seventy-seven establishments from Shenoys Junction to Thevara Junction have been issued notices to clear within a week.
  4. The joint action councils of the local chambers of commerce and the various associations of traders have called for a hartal in Cochin today.

For more details, please refer to Malayala Manorama Online.


Some Clubs of India

Some memories of WW II, Cochin and the 1940s.

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