What did local residents have to say?
Local residents of Manappaty Parambu, were not at all in goodterms with migrants who were residing in the plot which isunder the ownership of GCDA and Kochi Corporation when wevisited there on 2
July. They accuse the activities of migrantlabours to be the main cause behind unhygienicnieghbourhood, disturbances in the night, polluting theenvironment and increasing crimes. Locals believe that eventhough the migrants have enough money to rent a house theydeliberately restrain from it, in order to save money. In this waythey are using the limited public resources such as fresh watertaps etc for bathing of tax paying locality’s cost. They havebeen complaining of Kochi Corporation’s senseless decision towaste the resources by allowing migrants to live in a plot,situated in the centre part of city, which if wisely used, is amajor revenue source.
What did the migrants have to say?
As the migrant homes were demolished on 1
July, i.e. a daybefore we visited there, the migrant was in a very sorry state of affairs. They were mainly from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh andKarnataka. About 70% of the inhabitants had left before wecame. They follow a schedule of 3 months of labour outsidetheir homeland and remaining 8 months back to their homes.According to their testimonials, on an average they receivearound Rs.350 per day for manual labour, gardening, farmingetc. They say that there are very few Anti-social elementswithin their group who creates all the problems in thenieghbourhood for which a large number of innocents need tosuffer. They points out that the most of the criminals are from Tamil Nadu besides they don’t have a proper identity also. Allthe houses which were earlier occupied by them have beendemolished and the plot is going to be turned into a parking lot.