Munnar Encroachments: National Green Tribunal Takes Suo Motu Case

New Delhi: Close on the heels of the media reports about the land encroachments in Munnar, the National Green Tribunal has taken a suo motu case today. As a result, it has sent notices to Idukki District Collector and the Forest Department. The case will be considered on May 3.

With the intervention of the Green Tribunal, the Munnar issue has become a national issue now. Illegal constructions and mining have sullied the natural ecosystem and mountains of the beautiful hill station. These activities also cause various kinds of pollutions in the tourist place. The big concrete buildings in Munnar were constructed by ignoring the environmental law.

The Tribunal’s order says that water resources have been also filled up. According to media reports, there were large-scale encroachments in Munnar. Private parties, government employees and CPM leaders have encroached lands, say reports. Though Revenue officials have acted against land grabs, due to lack of consensus, the government has temporarily halted the eviction process in Munnar.

In the wake of a complaint by BJP State President Kummanam Rajasekharan, Central Minister C.R. Chaudhary visited the encroached lands in Munnar last week and submitted a report to the Prime Minister.