Sabarimala land: Forest dept, TDB to end dispute
Pathanamthitta: The dispute between the forest department and Travancore Devaswom Board over Sabarimala land will be resolved soon. Both parties agreed to reach a consensus following a land survey conducted under advocate commissioner ASP Kurup. With this, the devaswom board and forest department decided to exchange 171 cents of land each between them.
The forest department will allot 171 cent land including the police barrack, police mess, gas godown, two toilets blocks, path to Bailey bridge and resting sheds to the Devaswom board. The board will inturn allot the 171 cent land including the area where the bungalow and guest house are situated to the forest department.
The advocate commissioner will submit a report regarding this and a sketch of the land exchanged by both parties before the High Court within June 30.
The government allotted land to the devaswom board three times. Survey markers were placed in the land of the forest department. But the forest department erected flags to mark their 50-acre land which was acquired in 1965 not as per the survey markers. Most of the flags were placed on the board’s land.
Without knowing this fact, the board carried out development projects in the land for years. A dispute broke out over the land after the forest department constructed a fence on the 50 cent land at Pandithavalam possessed by the TDB. Following this, TDB approached the High Court seeking custody of the land. Considering their plea, the court ordered to conduct a land survey.