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Illegal buildings demolished in tourist haven Munnar

The Munnar District administration has begun demolishing illegal structures after the State Government promulgated an ordinance empowering it to demolish all resorts built on public land.

Munnar (Kerala), May 15 : The Munnar District administration has begun demolishing illegal structures after the State Government promulgated an ordinance empowering it to demolish all resorts built on public land.

Rich in tea and cardamom, Munnar is a high-altitude resort, which experienced a tourist boom recently.

A State Government team is monitoring the demolition drive. The team includes Raju Narayana Swamy, District Collector, Munnar, Inspector General of Police Rishi Raj Singh and Suresh Kumar, an official in the Chief Minister's office.

Swamy has promised to remove all encroachments in the town and its vicinity.

Policemen accompanied the team during the eviction operation on Monday evening.

Swamy said the drive would continue for the next few days.

The Kerala Government has declared Munnar a special zone and frozen all construction activity.

More than 10,000 hectares of forest land is believed to have been encroached upon by builders, politicians and film stars.

Official records say that about 3,500 resorts have come up in Munnar in the last seven years.

However, the management and workers of these resorts have complained of not being given enough notice before their eviction.

"They gave me a notice yesterday. They gave me 24 hours time because it is a illegal construction," said N. Dinakaran, General Manager of Cloud Nine Resort.

ANI

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