KERALA

Greens object to tourism project

Staff Reporter

‘Sarovaram will damage ecology’

Kozhikode: Environmentalists and development campaigners have opposed the implementation of the multi-crore Sarovaram tourism project in the heart of the city.

They have demanded that the State government stop all processes initiated for the project and instead, publish a comprehensive report on it and conducted a public debate.

The Kozhikode Sustainable Development Initiative (KSDI), a group of environmentalists and residents in the city, is spearheading the campaign.

Public opinion

KSDI convener A.K. Prakash and chairman A. Achuthyan said here on Monday that a meeting of environmentalists and representatives of voluntary agencies would be convened here soon to discuss the issue. They said the government was planning to develop the Kottully wetlands into a tourist resort.

Tenders had been invited for the proposal.

Earlier, the government had promised that the project would be discussed in public before implementing it. But this was not done, Dr. Achuthyan, environmentalist, said.

For a long time, the public had been demanding the protection of the wetlands. A Dream City project drawn up a decade ago was cancelled following widespread protests.

He said the Centre had taken the initiative to include the wetlands in the National Wetlands Conservation Project. The Centre for Water Resources Development and Management had been entrusted to conduct a study.

Not viable

If the Rs. 17.5-crore Sarovaram Project was implemented, it would ecologically damage the region. The project was not economically feasible.

Handing over the wetlands to a tourist resort company raised suspicion, Dr. Achuthyan said.

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