An Eco Disaster?
- CPI(M)-backed society is building a mangrove theme leisure park in Kannur
- The project will destroy the mangrove forests in the area
- It was cleared despite a forest department recommendation that the area must declared
- Opposition leaders and environmentalists up in arms
The ruling CPI(M) in Kerala is for all practical purposes the big business conglomerate of the state. From TV channels to hospitals to malls to even the staging of football tournaments, the communists have a finger in every proverbial pie. Its latest foray into the leisure industry, though, a mangroves theme park on the Valappattanam river in north Kannur, has run into trouble, with environmentalists up in arms. The park, owned by the pro-CPI(M) Eco Tourism Society, nestles in the natural mangrove habitat of Pappinissery, some 240 km from Kochi in...