Staff Reporter

KOCHI: A call has been made to preserve the mangrove forests which are being destroyed extensively for development projects.

In a representation made before the District Collector, an executive member of District Tourism Promotion Council and director of Kerala Homestay and Tourism Society M. P. Sivadathan , said that mangroves are being destroyed across the district in gross violation of the Kerala Paddy Land and Wetland Conservation Act 2008.

In an effort to preserve the remaining mangrove forests, Mr. Sivadathan has sought the creation of a list of the regions having mangroves after conducting a detailed survey.

Care should be taken to allot only those development projects that do not affect the mangrove forests in areas like Valanthakad, Edakochi, Willingdon Island, Kuthirakooru in Palluruthy, Kalathara, Chirepadam and coastal areas in Kumbalanghi-Chellanam panchayats, he said. The issue of conservation of mangrove in the region is expected to come up at the meeting convened by K.V. Thomas, Union Minister of State for Food and Agriculture, and Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, State Minister for Tourism and Home, to review the progress of tourism projects at Government Guest House in Kochi on May 14.