Set up resort zones, say environmental activists

Welcoming the Supreme Court order, environmental activists here called for setting up resort zones in the Nilgiris. The sealing drive should serve as a reminder to the mushrooming resorts in the upper of the Nilgiris as well,
In a press release, NGO Nilgiris Documentation Centre (NDC) appealed to the district authorities to consider modifications to the master plan and panchayat rules to mark specified resort zones in the district. “Such zones should not only provide due buffer space between them and protected areas, forests and landslide prone areas, but also from tribal and indigenous community villages and their socio-cultural spaces. The administration should provide water, road and other to such resort zones at a cost. However, they should adhere to the rules of construction and aesthetics,” the release said.

“The resort zones can be identified in all the taluks with a cap on maximum number in each zone. Private operators can also be allowed to promote such zones subject to the restrictions. The district administration should call for public consultation for the need and modalities for forming resort zones in the district,” suggested NDC.

K Kalidass, president, OSAI said, “Nilgiri biosphere reserve houses the single largest population of elephants. Regular crossing of elephants takes place in the Moyar elephant corridor. It is a narrow corridor. The Supreme Court order is very timely and we support it.”

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