Saturday, August 26, 2017

KSBB to prepare eco-restoration report

Kannur: The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) will prepare a scientific report recommending eco-restoration activities in the upcoming Kannur International Airport project’s peripheral areas that have experienced environmental degradation.

The decision to submit the report and request both Larsen & Toubro, the builder of the airport project, and Kannur International Airport Ltd., the airport company, to earmark their corporation responsibility funds for sustaining the ecosystem in the area and the people living there was taken after KSBB chairman Oommen V. Oommen and member secretary Dinesan Cheruvat visited the peripheral areas of the project site along with the Biodiversity Management Committee (BMC) of the Keezhallur grama panchayat here on August 25. The KSBB officials visited the area following a request of the BMC.

“We will impress upon the officials of L&T and KIAL with our scientific inputs and request them that they have a responsibility to sustain the ecosystem and people who conserve the ecosystem,” Mr. Ommmen told The Hindu when contacted over the phone on Saturday.

Mr. Oommen said agricultural land in the periphery of the airport project site was damaged due to soil erosion from the project site. There were some parts where the land under cultivation had experienced heavy flow of soil sediments, he said. In some areas, well water was polluted because of the soil erosion.
26/08/17 Mohamed Nazeer/The Hindu