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    Actor Mithun Chakraborty moves SC to save his resort that falls in Tamil Nadu elephant corridor
    Jul 21, 2011, 12.28am IST

    NEW DELHI: Actor Mithun Chakraborty finds himself pitted against elephants.

    Chakraborty, once famous as the Disco Dancer, has moved the Supreme Court in a bid to save his resort that falls in an important elephant corridor in Tamil Nadu that connects the Eastern Ghats with the Western Ghats.

    The Madras high court had ordered that the land falling in the corridor be taken over by the forest department and the resorts be demolished. Chakraborty's resort is one of the many falling in the patch of land that elephant herds use to cross from one mountain to another.

    The actor's basis for the plea in the court is as unique as his dialogue delivery. He has claimed that the resort provides employment to tribals, and its part of the backbone of eco-tourism in the area. It provides alternative source of income for tribals throughout the year. This, Chakraborty claims, has led to reduced poaching and firewood collection from the forests, where the elephants roam.

    Suggesting that the damage to the forests was more from tribals than his resort, he has claimed that his property is having a benevolent impact on the tribals. "They now realize that the well being of the wildlife and jungles they live in constitute the primary source of their income," he has contended.

    He has also made the point that the Madras HC has ordered that the land on which the hotel stands be acquired without awarding any compensation.

    The HC had said the guest house owners had indulged in eco-destruction in the name of eco-tourism. However, the court had given some relaxation to tribal communities in keeping with the Forest Rights Act, but asked the state forest department to take over the resorts and other constructions in the belt.

    Other hoteliers and land owners in the area have also moved the apex court on the matter. Chakraborty has claimed that the area, which the Tamil Nadu forest department has been ordered to acquire, is far greater than had been earlier surveyed to be in use as the elephants' corridor. The forest department had told the HC that the hotels were operating in violation of the Tamil Nadu preservation of private forests' Act.
    Mrudul Godbole

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    There were several petitions in the Supreme Court against the high court order. Now the Supreme Court has given a stay for two months from demolishing the buildings in the elephant corridor. The reason is that the High Court order doesn't talk about compensation for buildings which were set up on patta land after all the permissions were obtained from various Government authorities in the past. This is violation of the Land Acquisition Act.

    Personally I feel this appears to be a violation of the principle of natural justice. If someone has already taken permission to set up a house or building etc, then the person ought to get compensation for the acquisition.


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    Is there any update with regards to the proposed cancellation of licenses of the resorts at Masinagudi or will that be given a silent burial?


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