27 illegal resorts in Nilgiris to be sealed on Sunday

UDHAGAMANDALAM: The 27 illegal resorts located within the Moyar elephant corridor in the will be sealed on Sunday following the Supreme Court order, Nilgiris collector J Innocent Divya said on Saturday. “We have issued notices to all the 27 resort buildings. We will start the sealing process on Sunday,” she told TOI.
Out of the 27 illegal resorts, 11 had been functioning without building approvals, while the rest as commercial establishments with building licence of dwelling houses. Each resort complex has two to 27 cottages. As many as 204 people are employed as workers at the illegal resorts.

In the earlier action plan report submitted to the Supreme Court, the collector had mentioned that 821 buildings were identified in the corridor that connects to Bandipur and northeastern slope of the Nilgiris and further down. The report stated that there were 309 resorts, out of which 39 had restaurants. The rest of the structures included 390 houses and other buildings.

However, the Supreme Court said, “For the time being, we are concerning ourselves with the resort complexes with restaurants (commercial buildings) in the report of the collector.”

Out of the 39 resorts, 12 represented themselves in the court when the hearing held on Thursday. They were asked to produce relevant documents to the collector within 48 hours of the order.

Till now, the district administration has received documents from 11 resort owners, the collector said. “After perusal of the documents and ground inspection, we will seal those resort buildings if the documents are found incomplete. The process will be taken up on Monday as we need a day to conduct inspection,” she added.

Even among the 12 resort complexes, 10 are possessing building licence only for dwelling houses while the rest two no approval at all.

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