The Kerala High Court on Tuesday ordered the demolition of a check dam owned by Nilambur MLA PV Anwar. The dam had been built for his PVR Water Theme Park set up in Cheenkannipalli in Kakkadampoyil in Malappuram, Kerala.
The order follows a host of allegations that the MLA faced regarding the theme park which was reportedly set up without receiving the necessary sanctions and by violating the waste management guidelines.
According to reports, the mini-check dam and boating centre was illegally built and a final NoC or No objection certificate was not granted from the Panchayat office for construction in the site.
The building of the check dam and boating centre began in 2015 by a private company co-owned by the CPI(M) MLA. In the same year, the divisional officer north of Nilambur submitted a report citing the violations in construction, according to a TOI report.
The construction was ordered to be put on hold following this. However despite this, the park continued to be built. In 2017, following media reports exposing violations in the construction, the SC/ST commission registered a case against owners of the land.
The issue was highlighted by Kozhikode district collector PV Thomas in a report which mentioned the illegal construction in the park.
In the report, the Collector also accused Anwar of altering the theme park's plan to carry out the construction of the check dam.
In August 2017, the Pollution Control Board withdrew the sanction it had granted to the water park after it found that the park failed to comply with the waste management guidelines mandated by the PCB.
Earlier, PCB officials said that the park had submitted an affidavit stating that it would set up waste management systems within a month of receiving sanction. The sanction was reportedly granted without a site visit by PCB officials. However, during an inspection, the officials figured that park had failed to set up a water treatment plant and sock pit for canteen waste.