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Missing survey Nos baffle residents, officials take it easy Missing survey Nos baffle residents, officials take it easy

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The master plan for Thiruvananthapuram Medical College area published by the state government with modifications shows some survey numbers missing from the area earlier earmarked for development of medical college, raising questions of encroachment by private parties.

In a gazette notification published by the government in 2012, 15 acres at Cheruvikkal village was marked as area to be acquired for the expansion of medical college campus, Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology.

The latest notification that came out in December 2014 does not show some of the survey numbers that were present in 2012 gazette. The notification has been issued with a statement that the master plan for medical college area is being sanctioned and published after incorporating modifications considering the suggestions and objections received on the draft published in 2012. It also says that the new master plan supersedes all earlier notifications.

Locals point out that in case of removing survey numbers, the purpose of such a move or demarcation of new zones comprising these survey numbers shall be noted in the gazette. "However, the new gazette does not make any such mention. The survey numbers have just disappeared," a local resident said.

The government had earlier released 105 acres which was included in the proposed acquisition for the expansion of medical college campus and while doing that new areas were proposed for acquisition for the development of RCC.

Comparison of two gazette notifications shows that six survey numbers are missing from the original list. Besides, two survey numbers earlier marked as agricultural area have also gone missing from the new gazette at Kadakampally village, again without any explanation. S Sreekumar, councillor, medical college ward, said that the missing of survey numbers has to be taken seriously. "We have been pushing for medical college area development and if the survey numbers are missing all of a sudden, it has to be checked thoroughly," said Sreekumar.

A town planning official said that the disappearance of survey numbers might be a mere technicality. "It need not be a case of encroachment, we have to conduct a site inspection and ascertain such things," the official said.

As per the notification, permit is allowed only for buildings essential for the functioning of medical college, RCC and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute in the area and any other use is marked as not permitted.

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