May 25, 2007
Captains of the tourism industry in the State on Thursday called on Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, his
Cabinet colleagues, Left Democratic Front and United Democratic Front leaders to apprise them of the problems faced by the industry in the wake of the
demolition drive. The delegation also met Minister for Home and Tourism Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Minister for Revenue K.P. Rajendran, Minister for Labour and
Excise P.K. Gurudasan, Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy, CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan,
State secretary Veliyam Bhargavan and LDF convener Vaikom Viswan, among others.
The Chief Minister heard the concerns of the industry, but reiterated that he would show no mercy towards those who had encroached
upon Government land. Mr. Achuthanandan assured the delegation that the difficulties being faced by them would be duly addressed as and when specific
instances were brought to his notice. The Chief Minister told the representatives of the tourism industry that those facing difficulties on account of the
demolition drive could submit a representation and that he would look into it expeditiously.
The representatives of the industry assured the Chief Minister that "they fully endorsed the Governments drive and his
efforts to protect and prevent encroachment of backwaters, paddy fields, rivers and forests," according to E. M. Najeeb, convener, Confederation of
Tourism Industry of Kerala. The delegation included Jose Dominic (President, Kerala Travel Mart Society); James Kodianthara (Travel Agents Association of
India); Sudheesh Kumar (general secretary, Kerala Hotels & Restaurant Association of Kerala); Suresh M. Pillai (vice-president, South India Hotel &
Restaurant Association); M.R. Narayanan, Baby Mathew, Chandrasenan Nair (South Kerala Hoteliers Forum); and Ravisankar K.V (Indian Travel Media
The delegation also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister.