Proposed jelly crusher zone in Aikala opposed

PADUBIDRI : Deviprasad Shetty, President of the Gram Panchayat Federation has warned of severe protest against any move to set up the hazardous jelly crusher zone in Aikala gram panchayat limits which is predominantly an agricultural area.

Shetty said the villagers are greatly displeased with the moves of the authorities to have a jelly crusher zone in Aikala village and said it was unwelcome to resort to any such step without taking the local administration into confidence.

He also said that setting up jelly crusher units in the area would hit hard the agricultural lands and may destroy crops, coconut and areca plantations, but would also contaminate water sources. He further said that the people of the village will not allow setting up of the crusher zone at any cost.