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Supreme Court asks Tamil Nadu govt to seal 27 resorts in elephant corridors

The SC perused the report placed before it by the district collector of Nilgiris which said that resorts with restaurant were operating in the area even though they do not have approval for the same

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said that out of 39 resorts mentioned in the report, lawyers were not present on behalf of 27 such commercial establishments

Clamping down on operating without approval in of area, the on Thursday asked the Tamil Nadu government to seal or close down within 48 hours 27 such

The perused the report placed before it by the district collector of which said that with restaurant were operating in the area even though they do not have approval for the same.

A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said that out of 39 mentioned in the report, lawyers were not present on behalf of 27 such

“There is no one present on behalf of the remaining 27 resorts. It is deemed that they accept the report of the collector. The report is to the effect that they are running commercial enterprises even though they do not have approval for the same,” the bench, also comprising justices S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta, said.

“They are directed to be closed down or sealed by the collector. We have requested counsel for the state to do the needful within 48 hours,” the bench said.

The granted 48 hours time to the remaining 12 resorts to produce all documents showing approval and valid title and possession for running resorts before the collector. “In case, the collector finds that the documentation is incomplete or approval not granted, she should close down and seal the premises immediately thereafter,” it said. Regarding others, whose names were mentioned in the report, the bench said that necessary documents might be produced before the collector for verification within a period of two months from Thursday.

The court posted the matter for hearing on October 24.

During the hearing, the bench said that elephants were our “heritage” and expressed displeasure as to how constructions had come up in of During an earlier hearing, one of the applicants who had raised this issue before the court had alleged that several hotels and resorts had come up in the areas of Tamil Nadu.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 02:05 IST
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