SC orders closure of 27 resorts in elephant corridors in TN
Clamping down on resorts operating without approval in elephant corridor of Nilgiris area, the Supreme Court today asked the Tamil Nadu government to seal or close down within 48 hours 27 such commercial establishments.
The apex court 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.
"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 court posted the matter for hearing on October 24.
The bench had earlier made it clear that no construction activity would be carried out in those areas of the state and asked the collector of Nilgiris, where the hotels and resorts have come up, to file a report in this regard.
The applicant had also told the court that around 18,000 elephants came to Tamil Nadu during the monsoon season and the court should direct that the power connection to these resorts and hotels be snapped.
The top court had earlier said it was "extremely unfortunate" that several states had not responded to two communications sent by the Centre on the issue of elephant corridors to curb incidents of human-animal conflict and reduce animal fatalities.
It had stressed on the need to have elephant corridors across the country to reduce animal fatalities due to accidents and other reasons and asked the Centre to come up with some "workable solution" in this regard.