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PTI Last Updated at 10 Aug 2018, 21:08 IST India

Notices issued to 27 resorts on elephant corridor: Collector

Coimbatore, Aug 10 (PTI) A day after the Supreme Court

directed the Tamil Nadu government to seal or close down

within 48 hours, 27 resorts reportedly constructed in the

elephant corridor, the Nilgiris district administration today

issued notices to these commercial establishments

District Collector Innocent Divya issued the notice to the

resorts, coming under Sigur Corridor,official sources said.

Notices were pasted on the main doors of the resorts,

seeking an explanation, including sealing the premises, they

said.

Notices would soon be issued to another 12 resorts, which

also reportedly encroached upon the corridor and erected

electric fences to prevent entry of wildlife,the sources said.

Yesterday, an apex court bench headed by Justice Madan B

Lokur had directed the owners of the resorts and hotels in the

area to place their documents of approval before the Collector

within 24 hours.

It said the Collector would verify the documents and if

she concludes that a resort or a hotel has been built without

prior approval, it should also be closed down in 48 hours.

The bench, also comprising Justices S Abdul Nazeer and

Deepak Gupta, said elephants are a 'national heritage' and

expressed displeasure as to how constructions had come up on

the elephant corridor of Nilgiris.

During an earlier hearing, one of the counsels for the

petitioners had alleged that several hotels and resorts had

come up in the elephant corridor areas of Tamil Nadu.

The bench had made it clear no construction should be

carried out in those areas and asked the Collector of

Nilgiris, where the hotels and resorts have come up, to file a

report.

It had also asked the Collector to inform the court how

these establishments could be identified, when were they built

and how.

The court was also informed that around 18,000 elephants

come to Tamil Nadu in the monsoon season and it should direct

that power connection to these resorts and hotels be snapped.

Owners of some of these hotels and resorts have also

filed appeals in the apex court against a Madras High Court

order against them on the matter.

The court had earlier said it was 'extremely unfortunate'

that many 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.

The Centre had told the court that a committee was formed

to consider the suggestions, including making corridors across

the country for the safe passage of elephants and other

endangered animals.

The apex court had stressed the need to have elephant

corridors across the country to reduce animal fatalities owing

to accidents and other reasons and asked the Centre to come up

with some 'workable solution' in this regard.

The Centre had told the court that there are 27 'critical'

elephant corridors in 22 states, but despite the top court

directions, 13 of those states had not responded to the

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