Mananthavady: The restrictions imposed on the entry of visitors to Kuruva Island, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Wayanad, have snowballed into a major controversy in the area.
The first organisations to take up the issue were the Kudumbasree and Kuruva Janakeeya Samithy, who staged a day-and-night stir in front of the Sub Collector’s office demanding lifting of the restrictions. Block panchayat president Preetha Raman inaugurated the stir. A procession was also taken out from the bus stand premises as part of the agitation.
CPM stages protest
The CPM activists led by O R Kelu MLA also organized an agitation in front of the DFO office over the issue. Though the DYFI had staged a stir over the curbs on Kuruva visitors, it was abandoned midway.
In the latest stir, the CPM ensured the support of local body members in the places covered by Mananthavady and Pulpally area committees also.
All eco-tourism spots in Kerala have imposed restrictions on the number of visitors.
The number of visitors to Kuruva Island was limited to 400 based on a study conducted by scientists. Moreover, the matter is under the consideration of the court.
If more visitors are allowed, it will lead to legal issues. The Kisan Sabha demanded that the number of visitors should not be increased considering the fact that Kuruva falls in an ecologically sensitive area and is part of an elephant path.
The Sabha said that it was ridiculous that the CPM, which was aware of these environmental aspects, had staged a stir with the support of some traders.