//Move to set up BSF unit at Kuttipuzha invites wrath

Move to set up BSF unit at Kuttipuzha invites wrath

ALUVA: The proposal to set up a battalion of the Border Security Force (BSF) at Kuttipuzha in Kunnukara panchayat near here suffered a setback when residents, the majority of them farmers and agricultural workers, came out strongly against the move.
The BSF and the District Administration had identified 100 acres of land in Kuttipuzha for a BSF unit. Such units are planned in every state to allow the BSF personnel to change from the tension and trauma of working in border areas. It will also help them undergo training for a specific period in their home states. The Kuttipuzha and the Kuttiyal Padasekhara samithies, who promote the paddy cultivation in this area, strongly condemned the move to convert the farmland into a BSF battalion.
The proposed land is the agriculture bowl in the district and cultivates large quantities of paddy, coconut, plantain, yam, tapioca and vegetables. Farmers and agricultural workers residing here depend on this cultivation for their livelihood, said T.K. Parameswaran, president, Kuttipuzha Padasekhara Samithi. The residents fear that the cultivation in Kuttipuzha will be affected and thousands of farmers and agricultural workers will become jobless. Drinking water scarcity will be worsened, said P.V.Joseph, the president of Kuttiyal Padasekhara Samithi