The Solidarity Youth Movement (SYM), youth wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, and the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) have deplored Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s statement that resistance against the Gas Authority of India Limited pipeline project would not prevent the government from going ahead with it.
Local groups, under the aegis of the SYM and the SDPI, have criticised his remark that police would be used to remove obstacles. “Such a statement is against democratic norms ... Mr. Vijayan has misled the Assembly by stating that the government had obtained a favourable verdict from the Kerala High Court to use the police against the protesters,” said K.C. Anwar, SYM district president and convener, GAIL Victims Forum.
He said the court had directed that the GAIL project alignment should be confined to the notified area.
Alignment issue - “The alignment in Kannur, Kozhikode and Malappuram districts is through the survey number, not the resurvey number. Besides, laying pipelines through residential areas is against the Petroleum and Minerals Pipelines Act, ” he said. GAIL officials said the pipeline would be laid in accordance with the law, using advanced technology and satellite monitoring.