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http://www.hindu.com/2010/03/31/stories/2010033153500700.htm

31 March 2010


Staff Reporter, Kannur:

The eco-tourism project being launched by a Communist Party of India (Marxist)-controlled society in the mangrove-rich areas on the banks of the Valapattanam river is in the centre of a controversy in the wake of allegations that the party is encroaching on the riverbank in the guise developing it into an eco-tourism spot.

The project was formally launched in the first week of January last under the aegis of the CPI(M)-controlled Pappinissery Eco-Tourism Society set up, as the society office-bearers say, for tapping the tourism potential of the ecologically sensitive mangroves on the banks of the river.

The works were formally inaugurated by party Central committee member E.P. Jayarajan.

The project kicked up controversy as it is scheduled to be inaugurated by film actor Suresh Gopi on April 4.

While the society representatives say that the project is to save the ecologically fragile mangrove areas from destruction, its political rivals in the area are sceptical about the claim that the project is for protecting the area from being treated as a garbage dump.

They say that there is more to it than the claim that the project is to ensure the protection of the mangroves.

Agitations

The Muslim Youth League (MYL), youth wing of the Indian Union Muslim League, has come out with the allegation that the CPI(M) plan is to grab the land. MYL workers staged a march to the Collectorate here on Tuesday to protest against the alleged collusion of the district administration with the CPI(M) in the latter's bid to encroach on the riverbank. The march was inaugurated by MYL State president K.M. Shaji. MYL district president Ansari Thillankery said the march was the first phase of the agitation against the eco-tourism project.

Meanwhile, the district United Democratic Front (UDF) is also planning to launch an agitation against the eco-tourism project. UDF workers will stage a dharna on the Pazhayangadi road junction on the National Highway on Thursday afternoon. K. Sudhakaran, MP, will inaugurate the dharna.