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PCB denies clearance for MLA’s amusement park
By AM Abdussalam September 22, 2017
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KOCHI: State Pollution Control Board (PCB) informed Kerala High Court on Thursday that clearance cannot be granted to the amusement park at Kakkadampoyil in Kozhikode district owned by PV Anvar, MLA, who was elected as an Independent supported by ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) defeating Aryadan Shoukat in Nilambur constituency in the last legislative elections. PCB submitted a report to the High Court in this regard after visiting the park.

“The park authorities have not followed all formalities. Clearance can be given only when all these procedural formalities are followed,” PCB says in the report.

High Court was considering a petition filed by Anvar against the order of the PCB cancelling the clearance given earlier. The court had asked PCB officials to visit the park again and submit the report.

The Koodranji Village Panchayat had served a notice on the park asking for fresh certificate from PCB and sanitation certificate from the health department by Tuesday. The panchayat executive had warned the park if they fail to obtain both certificates by Tuesday, the facility will have to be closed down.

The panchayat had constituted a subcommittee to look into the recent controversies over the licence granted to the Kakkadampoyil Water Theme Park partly owned by Anvar. The local body functionaries had claimed that sanction was given to the park after verifying all the required legal documents. All the supporting documents are available for the verification of any government agency, panchayat president Ms. Joseph had said.

In August, PCB had withdrawn the licence for the water theme park, following allegations that it was functioning illegally. The permission for the park was cancelled citing lack of facility for waste disposal.

The park has been constructed 2000 feet above sea level in a place which is a major tourist spot. The major part of the water theme park, including the amusement area, is in the Koodaranji panchayat of Kozhikode district while the reservoir and pillars of the upcoming ropeway are located in Kakkadampoyil, 2000 feet above sea level in Oorngattery panchayat. Part of the park is located in the Chaliyar panchayat of Malappuram district.

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