New Delhi: The high level committee appointed by the supreme court has ordered to stop the construction works in the forest land in Sabarimala. The report submitted by the committee in the supreme court said that only works for supplying drinking water and construction of toilets should be allowed.
The report submitted by secretary of high level committee Amarnath Shetty also said that reconstruction or maintenance of buildings which were destroyed in flood in Pampa should not be allowed. The apex court will consider the report on Friday.
The interim report of the high level committee suggested that an order should be issued to stop the construction in the forest land in Sabarimala, Pampa and Nilakkal.
The report demanded that the construction works required for the drinking water supply and toilets can be permitted until the supreme court approve the final masterplan. The report also asks for stringent action against those who initiated illegal construction works in Pampa.
Environmental activist Prof. Sobheendran filed the petition in the apex court pointing out that the unauthorised construction in Sabarimala cause severe impact on the environment. The petition was under consideration of the court for a long time and later it appointed a high level committee for verifying the facts in it.
The committee conducted a visit in the concerned places for two weeks and submitted the report in the court. The Devaswom Board will be granted four weeks’ time to respond to the interim report.
The bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur will consider the report next day. If the court asks to stop the construction works, it will turn out to be a major challenge for the government and Devaswom Board in the upcoming pilgrimage season.