The Cabinet decision to regularise buildings up to 1,500 sq ft on 15 cents in Munnar may benefit small-scale businessmen and local residents.
It was a long pending demand of the business community there to regularise the buildings so that they could function legally.
After the High Court order upholding the sensitivity and the need for protecting the biodiversity and environment of Devikulam taluk, the Revenue Department had taken a firm stance against illegal constructions.
Many multi-storey buildings had been served showcase notices and stop memos were issued. The Communist Party of India and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) had been at loggerheads over the issue of land and constructions in Munnar.
The district-level leaders of the ruling front had often clashed openly on the issue of illegal constructions. Now, a patch-up formula, it seems, has been reached though there is criticism that it is a step