Alappuzha: Alappuzha municipal council has recommended action against four employees including the superintendent in connection with the disappearance of files of the Lake Palace resort owned by transport minister Thomas Chandy. The decision was taken in the council meeting held on Friday. High drama unfolded during the meeting as LDF counsellors demanded an explanation on the action to be taken against the employees. Hoever, the decision on disciplinary action was taken unanimously. The council also decided to stop granting relaxation on the luxury tax of the resort. “The relaxation amount given to the resort so far has to be paid back immediately. All files relating to the resort should be produced before Wednesday,” the council demanded.
It was on August 16, municipal chairman Thomas Joseph said that the files relating to the construction of the Lake Palace resort were missing from the municipal office. The chairman had said that the first file was traced in the office of the engineering wing last Monday. However it was alleged that many documents in the files including title deeds, tax receipt, and ownership certificates were missing. The file contained only building permits. The files have gone missing at a time when Chandy has been facing allegations of illegal encroachments and activities in and around Lake Palace Resort.