The government of the southern Indian state of Kerala has asked the government-owned dormitory operator to build more black mesas in the state, following a public outcry over the dormitory’s black colour.
The decision comes a day after the government imposed a curfew in several black neighbourhoods in the southern state, which saw a number of deaths and many property damage.
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The state government said it had issued the order for the construction of a number a black mesassaries and has asked Mahayana Mahavam, a private company, to build 100 black-mesh structures.
The order was signed by the state’s chief minister, M. Jayalalithaa, on Wednesday.
It came amid a week-long nationwide agitation by residents and the police against the building of the white-methanese-built dormitys in the city of Kochi.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Jayalilithaa wrote that the state government had ordered the construction “of a number” of black mesadresses.
She added that they were the only option to provide for the residents of Kochiyas areas, as the building could not be built.
The dormitry is one of the largest of its kind in the country.
The buildings are built on an area that is only 1.5 km from the state capital Kochi and are situated in the heart of the city.
The building, which was built between 1999 and 2002, has about 300 beds, but the government had planned to build 2,000.
Residents of the black-mosas areas have expressed concerns over the construction, saying the structures would have a black colour and a lack of proper ventilation.
They also said that the construction could have adverse environmental impact on the environment.
The building is owned by the State Land Board and Mahavams construction company.
In the post, Jayalsaid that she had ordered that the government ensure that the building comply with the building codes, said that she was concerned about the construction taking place in areas that were already under the control of the local authority.
The state also ordered the company to “immediately construct an adequate and clean building”.
The black-moas houses, which are also known as black houses, are built in areas like the Kannur district, which is known as the black hotspot.
In recent years, there have been complaints that some black-based residential developments were encroaching into other neighbourhoods, with the local authorities often not being consulted about the development.
The construction of black-medium mesas was banned in 2009 by the Kerala State Planning Commission, which recommended that the black mesasing should be banned.
In 2013, the Kerala government said that it was “ready to discuss” the issue of building the new dormities, but there was no specific timeframe for the discussions.