The CPI(M)-controlled Pappinessery Eco Tourism Society in Kannur today approached the Kerala High Court, challenging the closure of its mangroves park on ecological grounds by the Union Environment Ministry.
When the petition came up before Justice S Sirijagan, the Court directed the Society to implead state of Kerala in the case and posted it after three weeks.
The society alleged that due to political pressure, the Additional Secretary of the Union Government usurping the right of National Coastal Zone Management Authority and state coastal Zone Management Authority, issued an order directing closure of the park.
He contended that the closure order was against the principles of natural justice.
The park in Kannur had been in the eye of a storm right from the start with environmental organisations staging protests against it saying that with the construction, mangroves on the shores of the Valapattanam river, which were already facing degradation, would be seriously harmed.
A central expert team had visited the spot recently on the directive of Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh and submitted their report to the Ministry which issued the directive ordering closure of the park on July 14.