2000 families face eviction after HC uphold that the area is a safe zone
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The News Minute | July 5, 2014 | 10:11 AM IST Two thousand families that reside near the Naval Armament Depot (NAD) in Edathala, near Aluva in Kerala may soon face eviction after the Kerala High Court's recent order to acquire land within the safety zone of NAD. The court has also asked the government to give the required compensation. Almost 2,000 yards from NAD's compound walls comes under the safety zone. No more construction can take place in this area, the court added. The Edathala district panchayat called an emergency meeting on Saturday. According to the Section 3 of the Work of Defence Act, 1903, the ministry of defence has imposed restrictions on the use of land falling within the safety zone around the NAD. NAD approached the high court, alleging that the civil authorities did not keep up with restrictions. NAD alleged that the local panchayat was not abiding by the restrictions. But property owners say that public notice under Section 9 (to ensure that affected parties don't lose compensation) was not issued within 18 months so the affected parties cannot demand compensation.