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Kerala HC orders draining of MLA Anwar’s water theme park check dam

In a major blow to Left-backed Independent PV Anwar, MLA, Kerala High Court on Tuesday ordered draining of the check dam constructed as part of his water theme park at Cheenkannipali on Kakkadampoyyil hills in Malappuram district.

The bench of the Acting Chief Justice directed the Malappuram District Collector to undertake the exercise with technical assistance of an expert and submit a report in 14 days. This was because of the heavy downpour and the threat of landslip similar to the one at Thamarassery in June which claimed 12 lives. There was then a landslip near the dam and fortunately none was injured.

The direction was on a petition by one M P Vinod, following failure of the authorities to take action despite orders to raze down the checkdam which posed threat. Even the state said it favoured draining the dam. The disaster management authority had recently submitted a report to the District Collector that the check dam could lead to landslides. The forest department had on several occasions sent reports for demolishing the check dam built on fragile land. The local panchayat too had said it was built without getting proper approval.

The dam is part of the controversial park owned partly by Anwar. The dam was built in 2015 on the land owned by Anwar who transferred it to his faher-in-law when controversy hounded the park.

Earlier, Anwar had moved the court and obtained a stay against demolition of the check dam. However, Vinod impleaded in the case and said immediate action had to be taken as the dam posed serious threat in the wake of torrential rain.

The court asked the Collector to get technical assistance so that the draining did not lead to submergence of the land at the foothill where there are a few colonies.