Lulu Mall development causes environmental concerns
today Jul 22, 2019
The Kerala High Court heard a petition against the alleged environmental impact of a Lulu Shopping Mall development in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram district and has notified the state government and Environment Ministry.
On July 18, the Kerala High Court heard a petition led by M K Salim of Kollam stating that the new mall development led by Lulu International Shopping Mall Private Limited will jeopardise the environment of Parvathy Puthanar and its surrounding areas, the Press Trust of India reported. The hearing saw Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice A K Jayasankaran Nambiar pass on the petition with a notice to the Kerala State Government and the environment ministry.
The development project, which is set to house 242,400 square metres of retail space according to Salim, was previously given clearance by the State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority. "Their power to grant Environmental Clearance is only up to 150,000 square metres… anything above 150,000 square metres, the Ministry of Environment and Forests alone can grant," said Salim at the hearing.
Salim also said that the environment surrounding the development is essential for future drinking water. The plea will now be heard by other government authorities before any decision can be reached.
The United Arab Emirates-based Lulu Group is run by Kerala- born Yousuf Ali. The business is also currently constructing two other malls in India in Lucknow and Vishakapatanam and operates a mall in Kochi.
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