APCCF completes visit to Nelliampathy estates

Published: 15th July 2012 11:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th July 2012 11:00 AM   |  A+A-

Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests K P Ouseph rounded up his two day visit to the estates of Nelliampathy on Saturday.

He visited the Mampara Estate on Saturday. On Friday, he visited Cherunelli, Meera Flores, Brookeland, Alexandria and Thoothampara estates.

He examined how rubber is being cultivated in the estates when the lease agreement clearly stated that only coffee and cardamom should be cultivated.

Most of the estates had constructed resorts by adding rooms to the existing buildings which is the violation of the lease agreement, said Forests Department officials. He may submit a report to the government on his visit.

Meanwhile, Alathur DySp C K Sankaranarayanan has been entrusted with the investigation of the cases against the estate owners which include the loan availed by six estates in Nelliampathy after pledging forest land.

The DySP said the amount of loans availed and the extent of the land pledged were complex issues and so the probe will be time consuming.

Earlier, Chief Conservator of Forests (northern region) Sasidharan had given a detailed report to SP M B Dinesh listing the gross violations of lease agreements and the availing of loans by pledging forest land.

The Padagiri Police in Nelliampathy had registered six cases against six estates.

Dinesh said that there was no fixed time for the DYSP to complete the investigation.


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