The Regional Office of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, Bangalore, will submit a report to the Ministry, in 10 days, on the extent of environmental damage caused to the 23-acre site where the international cricket stadium of the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) is proposed to come, at Pampayimoola, near Edakochi.
Regional Office Director K. Susarla, who visited the site on Wednesday, told The Hindu over telephone that she had met local residents, KCA representatives, and office-bearers of Greens, an eco-group, who had petitioned the Ministry about the large-scale removal of mangroves in the region.
Dr. Susarla said Dinesh Mani, MLA, and officers of the Kerala State Coastal Zone Management Authority, State Pollution Control Board and the Centre for Earth Science Studies accompanied her.
Mr. Mani sought the intervention of the government in ensuring the implementation of the project.
The Kerala Sastrasahithya Parishat has urged the government not to relax the Coastal Regulation Zone norms and the provisions under the Kerala Paddy Fields and Wetland Conservation Act for the cricket stadium.