Picture of foreign company delegateds shared in the website of Forest Development Corporation
Thiruvananthapuram: The delegates of a foreign company, who arrived in the state in connection with the talks for obtaining the management authority of 800-acre forest land in the Periyar Tiger Reserve reached Gavi to take photographs and videos of the locality. Meanwhile, environmental activists here alleged that the upcoming project and the intrusion of the delegates into the forest land are clear violations of the Biological Diversity Act and Wildlife Protection Act.
The entry of the group, including foreigners into the tiger reserve, without obtaining permission from the state wildlife warden has sparked controversy.
The Forest Development Corporation published the pictures of delegates visiting Gavi on its website on April 25. Corporation Managing Director Prakriti Srivastava and AGM Kiran Johns were also spotted with the foreign company delegates in the photos.
It has been revealed that the decision to launch a Carbon Credit Project for transferring the management authority of the forest land to a foreign company by utilising the Corporate Social responsibility funds was adopted by the Director Board meeting summoned on May 16, 2022. It is alleged that the Forest Development Corporation had not passed any information regarding this to the Department of Forest yet.
The decision of the Forest Development Corporation to hand over the administration of the forest land in Gavi to an international oil and gas company came into light with a news report on Mathrubhumi. Currently, the Corporation has submitted a request for approving the contract after receiving Rs 2.5 crore for the CSR fund of the company.