Thiruvananthapuram: Leader of Opposition VD Satheesan has slammed the Pinarayi Vijayan government for its “mysterious silence” on the buffer zone issue. This comes at a time when the government is facing flak over its satellite survey report on buffer zones.
Objections to the state government’s satellite survey report have also been gaining momentum in recent days, with residents of the affected areas, Congress parties and Christian religious organizations calling the survey “accurate” and “complete”. According to Satheesan, the poor vision of the government has worsened the situation. Addressing the Chief Minister, he asked the following questions:
1. If the government intended to exclude residential areas from buffer zones, why did it forward a copy of the 2019 order identifying buffer zones to the center and the Supreme Court?
2. What was the reason for issuing a new order without withdrawing the first controversial order?
3. Why did the government adopt satellite survey instead of manual survey by introducing revenue departments of local bodies?
4. What was the reason for keeping the satellite survey report for about three and a half months?
5. Does the CM bear the responsibility if the Supreme Court rules against the interests of the state?