Salman Khurshid's Nilgiris stay irks activists
By Express News Service - COIMBATORE
02nd January 2013 08:43 AM
The representatives of the Tamil Nadu Green Movement (TNGM) raised strong opposition against the stay of the Union Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid at a private resort in Bokkapuram.
According to the movement’s authorities, the Madras High Court had declared the resort illegal and had ordered it to be vacated.
In a statement, K Mohan Raj, coordinator of TNGM, said, “According to privileged information, Salman Khurshid had visited the Nilgiris and planned to stay in a private resort in Bokkapuram. This is when the state government has allotted a VIP guest house in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve as a protocol to the Minister. The Minister visited his relatives a few days ago and stayed in the resort that is declared illegal by the High Court of Madras and a clear mandate has been issued to vacate the resort. In this light, we find this move to be an unfortunate development and extremely discouraging to see the Minister patronising a disputed resort on a controversial location.”
Further, the TNGM has also alleged that the Minister’s relatives owned resorts in the elephant corridor in Sigur Plateau. “The area where the resort is situated has been notified as Elephant Corridor based on the orders of High Court of Madras and the matter is pending now before the Supreme Court. These resorts are dismembering a vital corridor that connects the elep hant population in Eastern and Western Ghats. If the Minister had opted to stay in Mudumulai Tiger Reserve guest house, he would have sent the right and encouraging signal,” Mohan Raj added.
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