Not an inch of forest should be trespassed, Madras High Court says, India News News
In a case regarding alleged forest encroachment by a private compound in Nilgiris District, Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Judge Senthilkumar Ramamuoorthy of the Maras High Court firmly stated that not even an inch of forest land should be trespassed.
The court also asked the relevant collector and forestry department officials to visit the scene and ensure that each parcel of forest land is returned to its original condition.
Prabhakaran, the petitioner, approached the court citing the encroachment of forest land by a private complex under construction. Said property is located in the town of Naduvattom, in the environmentally sensitive Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu.
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According to the petitioner, such encroachment has resulted in habitat destruction, damage to the ecosystem, flora and fauna, deforestation and disruption of the natural flow of water. He also added that this carries the long-term risk of landslides.
According to Prabhakaran, no action has been taken in this regard, despite the misdeeds brought to the attention of the forestry authorities. All that remained was then the possibility of going to court. His petition called for the power line to be disconnected to the allegedly flawed resort town and also wanted the court to ban the accumulation of building materials in the forest area. He also called for an investigation to be carried out in the region to demarcate forest lands.
The court asked the Nilgiris district collector and forestry department officials to visit the place, to insect it and to reclaim the encroached land. Officials have also been tasked with providing a report on this issue and ensuring that forest water is not diverted to private resorts. The case has been adjourned for three weeks.